The Path To Liberation Does Not Go Through Pretrial Punishment

On Monday, a caller to the Brian Lehrer Show expressed his discomfort with the current debate about recent bail reforms in New York. The caller, a lawyer from near Lake Placid, New York, had this to say: “I think the biggest problem that bothers me the most with this is that it’s not intellectually honest ……

Criminal Justice Group Drops Support For Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools As...

Reform advocates say the risk assessments are racially biased and are not effective at their key tasks: predicting the likelihood someone will return to court.

Bail Reform Is About Safety And Well-Being

In May 2010, Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old from the Bronx, was arrested and charged with robbery. The allegation was that he had, along with a friend, stolen a man’s backpack. The judge who presided over his arraignment ordered him held unless someone paid $3,000 in bail to secure his release. He was sent to Rikers Island.…

A Lack Of Evidence Doesn’t Keep The New York Times From...

In two articles, the Times asserts a ‘spike’ in crime since the passage of bail reform in New York, an increase that the articles themselves note they can’t prove.

Pretrial Reform Must Go Beyond Ending Cash Bail

As a society, we can’t continue to subject hundreds of thousands of people to the trauma of incarceration before they face a jury of their peers.

In New Orleans, Drug Testing Is Imposed More Frequently on People...

People freed from jail on their own recognizance miss more court appearances because of disproportionate conditions placed on their release, a new study suggests.

U.S. Senate Candidate Endorses Ayanna Pressley’s Criminal Justice Reform Plan

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez of Texas told The Appeal about her vision for a complete overhaul of her state’s legal system.