California Voters Uphold the Right to Bail and Reject the No-Money Bail System and Pretrial Risk Assessments In a stunning defeat, California voters shelved the State’s 2018 no-money bail plan, Senate Bill 10, in the general election after a referendum effort had put the question before voters.  A “Yes” voteRead More →

California Voters Reject Computerized No-Money Bail System; Affirm State’s Fundamental Right To Bail FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lakewood, CO (November 4, 2020) – California’s Proposition 25 went down to a resounding defeat in Tuesday’s general election.  The fight over the state’s move to a no-money bail system, which dragged on forRead More →

Utah Judicial Council Uses Former Enron-Billionaire’s Algorithm To “Fix” The Criminal Justice System as San Francisco Pushes Back The Utah Judicial Council recently upended criminal justice in Utah by enacting a new statewide bail schedule that became effective on October 1, 2020.  The bail schedule used to be based onRead More →

Pretrial Risk Assessments by Jeffrey Clayton September 2020 (excerpt from Mediate.com) Nearly everyone both within and outside of the legal profession has heard of bail reform.  Couched typically as “America’s cash bail system,” it has been branded as evil and in desperate need of repair despite being one of the ten coreRead More →

Pretrial Risk Assessment Is Biased And Indefensible By Jeffrey Clayton | August 30, 2020, 8:02 PM EDT (excerpt from Law360) The Conference of Chief Justices, an organization of the highest-ranking judges and justices in the nation, sits at the crux of a major fight that looms regarding the continuing use of pretrial riskRead More →

University Study Finds Colorado Pretrial Risk Assessment Tool is Biased Against African-American Defendants We’ve been hard at work the last couple of years warning state legislators and the Colorado Commission on Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) to stop advocating for statewide pretrial risk assessments and pretrial services because the Colorado Pretrial RiskRead More →

“F the Courts” and Free Repeat Rapists and Cop Killers: Hollywood-Funded Bail Funds Harming Public Safety and Destabilizing Criminal Justice Bail funds are popping up all over the country in an attempt to upend the criminal justice system.  In all but one state (New York), these bail funds go unregulated,Read More →