El Paso County is in the process of reforming its bail system.  In fact, it recently hired former Mesa County Colorado Criminal Justice Services Manager Joel Bishop to implement a new bail system that moves away from the use of monetary bail and toward a system where release and conditionsRead More →

On December 28, 2018, a petition was filed by Nevada Chief Justice James Hardesty to adopt a statewide requirement that all judges in Nevada utilize a validated risk assessment tool for use in pretrial decision-making.  The petition was based on the recommendation by the Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release.Read More →

North Dakota Poised to Waste $750,000 on Pretrial Services Pilot Projects, only to Waste More Dollars Long-Term, Thereby Rejecting Much More Cost-Beneficial Spending on Criminal Justice Reforms and Crime Prevention The opioid crisis is alive and well in the United States, and also in North Dakota.  CHI St. Alexius EmergencyRead More →

Required Signatures are Certified by Secretary of State; Controversial Law that Would Ban Cash Bail Now Goes to Voters in November 2020 Election FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lakewood, CO (January 16, 2019) – The campaign to overturn California Senate Bill 10, which would have abolished cash bail, cleared a critical hurdle today whenRead More →

The Los Angeles Daily Journal recently published an article, entitled “Analysis of LA County Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools Raises Questions,” where data scientists discovered that the risk assessment tool being used in Los Angeles County, California was ineffective and labeled so many persons as high risk that it would beRead More →

MI Representative LeGrand: Tilting the Balance Against Victims, Law Enforcement, and Victims of Crime with New Proposed Bail Reform Legislation Representative David LeGrand wants to reform Michigan’s bail system.  LeGrand has introduced a 9-bill bail package to do just that – an expansive package that will spiral Michigan into theRead More →

Detention, Release From Jail, and Computerized Bail Justice in California: Is it 1984 All Over Again? What Can California Learn From the Last 30 Years of Bail Reform? Journal UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review, 2(1) The following excerpt was published in the peer reviewed 2018 UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review,Read More →