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Money bail punishes the poor and makes a mockery of California’s justice system

Money bail punishes the poor and makes a mockery of California’s justice system By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD JUN 22, 2018 | 4:05 AM    The lights of downtown Los Angeles shine behind bail bond row on Vignes Street. (Los Angeles Times)   Low-risk criminal defendants could get out of jail before trial by depositing 10% of their bail amount with the court instead of with a private...

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Ex-judge who spent least on primary will face incumbent AG

Ex-judge who spent least on primary will face incumbent AG Brian Melley, Associated Press Updated 4:28 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Republican Judge Steven Bailey, once seen as a longshot in his attorney general campaign, will now face the incumbent in the November election after a solid second-place finish over a much better-funded and well-known Democrat and a Republican rival. Bailey...

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Case Study in Bail Reform: Nevada

On February 10, 2017 legislators introduced AB136 on the Assembly Floor in Nevada. AB136 aimed to revise provisions governing bail in certain criminal cases. Governor Brian Sandoval issued a statement on May 26, 2017 vetoing the bill that had recently passed the legislature. In his letter to Honorable Jason Frierson, Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly, Governor Sandoval addressed his concerns with the proposed legislation....

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County Attorneys and Law Enforcement Express Concern over New Hampshire Bail Reform

The New Hampshire Police Chief’s Association and 10 of the state’s county attorneys expressed grave concerns over the Criminal Justice Reform and Economic Fairness Act of 2018 passed by the legislature this month. Senate Bill 556 allows for a large majority of New Hampshire’s criminal defendants to be released without the requirement of posting bail. Suspects arrested for first offense driving while intoxicated and any...

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Mobile, Alabama to limit “Own Recognizance” Release

One Municipal Court in Alabama is taking away the “get out of jail free” card it once gave willingly to those arrested on a number of criminal offenses. Mobile city officials have acknowledged a drastic increase in the number of defendants who are arrested on criminal charges, released by signing their own bond, commit another offense, repeat and so forth until it adds up to...

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Case Study in Bail Reform: Maryland

In October 2016 Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh issued a statement regarding the state’s pretrial detention policy. In the letter, Frosh declared that “setting the bail in an mount not affordable to the defendant, thus effectively denying release, raises a significant risk that the Court of Appeals would find it violates due process.” Undoubtedly the goal of the issuance was to relieve overcrowding in jails,...

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Facebook and Google Ban Bail Bond Ads, But Why?

Facebook and Google Ban Bail Bond Ads, But Why?

Google and Facebook recently made headlines when they announced that they would no longer take ads from for-profit bail bond agencies. Google’s May 7, 2018 press announcement stated that its decision was based on protecting “communities of color and low income neighborhoods” that are often the target of bail bond providers. The two tech giants site their policy on banning deceptive or harmful products. The...

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If You Want To Reform the Criminal Justice System Why Not Ask a Bondsman?

If You Want To Reform the Criminal Justice System Why Not Ask a Bondsman?

Bail Reform – Why Not Ask a Bondsman? Reprinted with permission of Eric Granof, Vice President of Corporate Communications, AIA Surety.  AIA Surety is a sustaining member of the American Bail Coalition. March 31 2018 It is a Wednesday morning and I just finished reading another report, this time from Los Angeles County, providing bail reform recommendations to the LA County Supervisors.  As usual, the report was full of...

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Did A Bail Reform Algorithm Contribute To A San Francisco Man’s Murder?

The report recommends a phase-out of a money-based bail system, replacing it with a risk-based pretrial assessment that uses a computer algorithm and judicial discretion; expansion of preventive detention for the most dangerous cases; and expansion of pretrial services in every county. The latter could include monitoring compliance with a defendants’ release conditions, anger management counseling, and reminders to people to show up on their...

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Bail Is Effective

We heard a lot about bail reform this year in California with the companion bills, Assembly Bill 42 and Senate Bill 10 (The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017). The rush to judgment and pressure to change the system in a swift and dramatic fashion based on national class-warfare rhetoric obscures the true picture of the problems … and real solutions. While I wish...

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