Pre-Trial Detention

Pre-trial detention and a nationwide call for reform

BY Jon Mosher on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 2:15 PM

On June 2, 2011, an article by The Crime Report explored the crescendo of opinion and research calling for a fundamental reform to our state courts' money bail system.  According to the loudest critics, the current system "costs 9 billion taxpayer dollars annually, much of which could be saved by using recognized tools to measure the risks that a defendant will not return for required court appearances if released."  

This American Council of Chief Defenders Policy Statement calls for a new commitment by all criminal justice stakeholders to ensure fair and appropriate pretrial release decision-making, and outlines key action steps for each pretrial actor.

 

Author/Organization: American Council of Chief Defenders
Publication Date: 06/04/2011

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Gideon Alert: Policies of prosecutor and judges close doors of Val Verde County (Del Rio, Texas) public defender

BY David Carroll on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM

On October 10, 2010, the San Antonio News ran a feature article on the closing of Texas’ first regional public defender office.  The office served Val Verde, Kinney, Terrell, and Edwards counties, and had opened in 2006 as a division of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aide, Inc. (TRLA).