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Personal narratives can help the public understand the benefits of bail reform, but telling these success stories presents its own share of challenges.
Philadelphia’s top prosecutor has made good on promises to reduce incarceration in the city. His re-election bid will be a litmus test for the progressive prosecutor movement he helped start.
A common sense cost-benefit analysis of pretrial detention.
The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, which recorded and published the complaints, paid for the release of some incarcerated women on Saturday.
On his first day in office, George Gascón said prosecutors will not seek bail starting Jan. 1, a win for criminal justice reformers.
New York City’s jail population is close to reaching pre-pandemic levels. Advocates say dishonest fearmongering about bail reform—and the politicians who capitulated to it—have created a very real safety crisis.
Although the new law took effect in January, state data showing how courts are applying it won’t be available until July 2021. And without funding, courts in small towns and villages may never collect the data.
An Appeal analysis shows that the percentage of people held without bond remains steady, at roughly 33%, although arrests are down during the pandemic.
Judge Paul Bonin improperly required people who appeared in his courtroom to purchase ankle monitors from a private company run by one of his former law partners, a lawsuit says.
Calls to defund the police must also be accompanied with divesting power and discretion from judges.
A man describes his ordeal in medical isolation while awaiting trial.
District attorneys in the state could decarcerate quickly by dropping unnecessary cases.
The state, which accounts for roughly one-third of all positive COVID-19 cases in the country, is facing a rapid spread of the disease in its jail and prison systems.
In Northampton County, advocates say the practice is putting the people charged for minor offenses, and the broader community, in danger.
Advocates, formerly incarcerated people, and lawmakers warned against overhauling the New York law before it has a chance to prove itself.
Jails in New Orleans and Cleveland have had significant population drops, yet conditions of confinement remain poor. Communities harmed by these jails should experiment with new accountability measures to maintain political pressure against jail administrators.
Melinda Katz, who was inaugurated Monday, is facing criticism over what some say is a broken campaign promise.
Advocates say that despite the election of several progressive prosecutors in the state, there’s a substantial increase in such detentions, which are stymieing gains made through policies to limit cash bail.
How high or low bond is isn’t a measure of how severe the state considers a crime.
Adam H. Johnson
The 2020 presidential candidates recently unveiled national criminal justice agendas that reimagine public safety and punishment.
A lawsuit is challenging Mohave County’s practice of charging certain people for mandatory GPS monitoring before trial.
Establishment candidate Melinda Katz declared a narrow victory in the New York City borough’s district attorney primary, but progressive Tiffany Cabán pushed the race to the left on issues like marijuana and sex work.
Outlets ran over 200 articles covering the vandalism. The outsize attention will likely damage young lives.
With Appeal reporter Josh Vaughn
Krasner’s office acknowledges ‘there’s room to move forward and do more.’
Jose Montelongo-Morales challenged the jail’s immigration detainer policy. He and some of his family members were arrested months later.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler’s office, which partners with immigration enforcement, faces jail deaths and a discrimination claim from a Legal Aid attorney.
Heavy reliance on pretrial incarceration in Berks County subjects people to poor medical care and unsanitary and unsafe conditions.
The criminalization of poverty in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, has led to a staggering increase in incarcerated people, all at a huge cost for defendants and taxpayers alike.
Many jurisdictions across the country use video instead of holding bail hearings in person, a practice that often leads to dire consequences.
Despite accounting for less than 12 percent of the state’s adult population, roughly 40 percent of all bail bonds were issued in cases involving a Black defendant.
A number of people spent multiple days at the Atlanta City Detention Center for low-level offenses, including for driving while using a cell phone and for walking in the roadway.
In a case of mistaken identity, Jada Noone was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police, spent 15 days in jail and faced a felony drug case before charges were dismissed. She’s now suing over her false arrest.
Low-income women are fueling bail industry profits—and getting harmed in the process.
As they await statewide action to eliminate cash bail, city councilmembers are looking for ways to reduce the financial burden on families of incarcerated people.
A lawsuit challenging cash bail in St. Louis could help close a notorious jail.
Colorado-based attorney and bail activist Elisabeth Epps was just released after serving a short jail stint related to a 2015 encounter with Aurora Police. The experience gave her a new understanding of the experiences of the people she has bailed out.
Josie and Clint talk with Sara Totonchi, the Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Josie Duffy Rice,
Harris County Judge Darrell Jordan discusses his newly elected colleagues’ decision to withdraw an appeal of a landmark bail reform lawsuit.
Prosecutors denounce bail reform efforts when people miss court dates, but ‘failure to appear’ rates obscure the fact that many who miss court aren’t on the run.
A new Bronx Freedom Fund report documents these extended pretrial lockups, which threaten people’s jobs and destabilize families.
Republican misdemeanor judges in Houston have clung to an unconstitutional bail system. But their intransigence could cost them their seats.
A Texas jail suicide involving a woman who couldn’t make bail in a shoplifting case highlights of the plight of pretrial detainees with mental illness.
Judges are still setting bail at unaffordable levels, and more people are being held without bond.
The passage of Senate Bill 10 would decimate the bail industry, but many advocates say it falls short of true reform.
An email obtained by The Appeal shows Kim Ogg’s office is intentionally asking for unaffordable bail amounts to hold certain people in jail in Texas.
And padding city and state coffers with millions of dollars.
In one Pennsylvania county, more than three times as many people on the registry were charged in 2016 with failing to follow registry requirements than were charged with a new sexual offense
With journalist Bryce Covert.
Introducing a new podcast from The Appeal, featuring Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith III.
New bail funds aren’t just getting immigrants out of detention—they’re helping them stay in the country permanently.
In overdose-wracked Franklin County, Pennsylvania, a small-time dealer is denied bail, while the number of drug induced homicide cases has skyrocketed.
San Francisco just became the first city in the nation to stop charging court fines and fees, but the rest of the state has a long way to go.
Melissa Gira Grant
The five states that have done away with commercial bond outlets still struggle with inequity when it comes to cash bail.
A new app seeks to liberate people from more than “liberal malaise.”
The majority of people who face misdemeanor charges remain behind bars just because they are poor
The City Controller’s report calls on the DA’s office to “dismantle the current cash bail system”
Alex S. Vitale