On bail algorithms, non-traditional alliances and moral outrage (excerpt from Boise Weekly, Feb 27, 2019) Rep. Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) says his name will be attached, as a sponsor or co-sponsor, to only a few proposed measures at the Idaho Statehouse this year. “Certainly fewer than years past. I’ve been a
DOES EL PASO OFFER GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARDS? (excerpt from KLAQ-FM El Paso, Feb 27 2019) A study shows that El Paso is doing just that, losing millions and letting criminals simply walk away. The American Bail Coalition says the city of El Paso is letting some people skip paying their bail
Maryland: “Bail reform hasn’t led to fewer held in jail, court records show” (excerpt from Overlawyered – Feb 26, 2019) A Capital News Service series published at Maryland Matters confirms that in Maryland, at least, bail reform has had trouble meeting its intended goals. In particular, while the number held
A progressive New York criminal-justice group walks back from an unsustainable position. (excerpt from City Journal, Winter Edition 2019) Last September, as part of a national push for criminal-justice reform, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a charitable organization, announced a plan to pay the bail of every woman and minor
Law enforcement officials call for changes to bail-reform law (except from WMUR9 New Hampshire, Feb 19, 2019) CONCORD, N.H. — Police and prosecutors are seeking sweeping changes to the state’s six-month-old bail reform law, but the new Senate majority leader said any problems with the law aren’t the Legislature’s fault.
Excerpt from KTVB News, Feb 14, 2019 Bipartisan bill seeks to prevent racial bias in criminal risk-assessment Two Treasure Valley lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle are teaming up on a bill they say will keep defendants from being unfairly labeled by a computer algorithm as likely future criminals.
Excerpt from Spectrum News NY1 – Feb 12, 2019 Lawmakers Fail to Pass Criminal Justice Reform Democratic state lawmakers quickly got down to business last month when their legislative session started, passing a series of major laws and breaking a logjam that typically plagues the State Capitol. But the pace
Excerpt from the Idaho Post Register, Feb 7, 2019 New bill would ban racist algorithms from setting bail BOISE — A bill to ban the use of pretrial risk assessment algorithms that weigh factors such as race was introduced Thursday into the Legislature. Algorithms are used by judges in some places,