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."  

The article follows a pretrial justice conference held during the previous two days, in Washington D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the non-profit Pretrial Justice Institute, and at which US Attorney General Eric Holder was a keynote speaker.  Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson, who directs DOJ's Office of Justice Programs, also gave remarks.  In addition, Kentucky Public Advocate Ed Monahan, who is chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, was a participant.  The ACCD's pretrial release policy statement is available here.

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