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Nov 2019

Voters Undecided About 2020 Bail Reform

29% of Voters Are Unsure of How They Will Vote on Bail Reform in 2020 According to a recent poll conducted by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies for the Los Angeles Times, “29% of voters are undecided” whether they would vote to cancel the new bail reform initiative or keep it in place.  The Los Angeles Times notes that California voters as a...

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01

Oct 2019

Common Types of Bonds

A Brief Explanation of the Most Common Types of Bail Bonds There seems to be a lot of misconception about bail bonds in today’s media.  Many people are unclear exactly how bail works and what options are available. Surety Bonds A surety bond is what people typically think of when they imagine posting bail.  When posting the full amount of bail is not feasible, a...

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01

Sep 2019

Houston Area Murder Renews Discussion About Bail Reform

As originally reported by Julian Gill of the Houston Chronicle, 22-year-old Alex Guajardo allegedly stabbed and killed his girlfriend after being released on personal bond for misdemeanor assault.  Guajardo was originally arrested for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  As reported by the Chronicle, Guajardo allegedly punched his girlfriend multiple times in the face.  After his arrest for assault he was released on personal bond.  Two days...

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29

Jul 2019

Bail Industry Seeks Amendment to California Constitution

Constitutional Amendment Sought to Protect a Person’s Right to Bail   In an effort to protect a defendant’s right to bail, the California bail industry is seeking an amendment to the constitution.  According to a recent article published by Capital Public Radio, if successful the proposed amendment to the Constitution would be put on the November 2020 ballot right along with the now halted SB...

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21

Jun 2019

Why Bail Works

Considering the Rights of a Defendant As bail reform considerations take place across the country, few people have talked about why bail was established to begin with and how eliminating bail without an adequate substitute could take away certain rights provided to a defendant.  First, bail is not the enemy.  Yes, there are issues in the criminal justice system.  Undoubtedly, there is systemic racism and...

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May 2019

Pre-trial Release and Algorithm-Based Judgments

Why Both Sides Agree that Bail Alternatives Don’t Solve the Problem Bail reform debates are raging across the country, but what is the alternative?  Proposed algorithm-based judgments to determine pretrial release seem to exacerbate the problem.  Bail reformers argue that bail discriminates against minorities and the disenfranchised, but many argue that the alternative – risk-based algorithms- only increase the likelihood for discrimination. Both sides seem...

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Apr 2019

Case Study: Nevada Bail Legislation

A Look at Nevada’s Proposed Bail Reform Legislation Nevada is the latest state to struggle with how to reform a broken system.  America’s criminal justice system is in dire need of an overhaul but legislators have yet to figure out the best way to go about it.  In 2017, Nevada attempted to pass bail reform legislation but the attempt was unsuccessful.  The current Nevada Legislature...

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Mar 2019

Oversight Called for On Risk Assessment Systems

Why Many Are Questioning Whether Risk Assessment Programs Are Truly Unbiased If you have been following the bail reform debate you know that one suggested alternative to having a judge set bail is using a risk assessment program.  These systems use a predictive algorithm to determine whether a person should be eligible for pretrial release.  The pretrial risk assessment programs have come under scrutiny recently,...

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21

Mar 2019

New York Judges Take on Bail Reform

States around the country have been puzzled by how to fix a broken criminal justice system.  Everyone agrees that the system is broken, the disagreement comes when trying to determine how to solve the problem.  Some states have turned their eyes to the bail bond industry.  Hoping to provide a quick fix for a deep-rooted problem, they have attempted to eliminate the current bail practices. ...

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16

Mar 2019

Lori Laughlin Released on $1 Million Bail

In a shocking celebrity scandal, several Hollywood A-listers were named in a college admissions scheme that shook the California coast.  Lori Laughlin, Felicity Huffman and others were arrested and charged in the scandal which alleges that the actresses forged photos, tests and more to get their children into elite schools.  As reported by deadline.com, Lori Loughlin was released on $1 Million bail after turning herself...

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