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Harris County Bail System is Constitutional

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH’S SOLICITOR GENERAL, PAUL D. CLEMENT, INFORMS A FEDERAL JUDGE THAT HARRIS COUNTY’S BAIL SYSTEM IS CONSTITUTIONAL February 23, 2017             Late last week, Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement filed an amicus brief in the pending case ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas, et. al, where a group of Plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed another copy-cat…

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U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE IN SACRAMENTO RULES SQUARELY AGAINST THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S EQUAL PROTECTION BAIL THEORY

U.S. District Court Judge L. Troy Nunley ruled against the U.S. Justice Department’s equal protection bail theory that was first advanced by the Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Department in Clanton, Alabama some twenty-two months ago.  A group of plaintiffs lawyers have filed as many as fifteen cases around the country, alleging that the…

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DEFENDANTS AND GOVERNMENTS CANNOT AFFORD THE NO-MONEY BAIL MOVEMENT

by: Jeffrey J. Clayton, Policy Director, American Bail Coalition In a recent column that appeared in a major national publication entitled, “Justice System Too Costly for Unconvicted,” authors Cherise Fanno Burdeen and Bruce D. Beaudin wove a weak factual case into a litany of national narratives, ultimately concluding that “Our country’s pretrial justice system is…

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Jeff Clayton Discusses Lawsuit Against Harris County Texas Bail System

Jeff Clayton speaks with Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin on NPR Houston about Harris County’s bail system after a recent hearing held in US District Count. The lawsuit alleges the bail system in Harris County is unconstitutional because it jails offenders for minor crimes because they are unable to pay their bail set by the Judge.

Statement on the Amicus Brief Filed by the U.S. Justice Department

THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL BAIL POLICY IS NOTHING NEW—THE DEPARTMENT HAS TO REFORM SOMETHING SINCE IT CHOOSES TO DO NOTHING TO REFORM THE BROKEN FEDERAL BAIL SYSTEM             News media outlets around the Country are reporting on the recent filing of an amicus brief by U.S. Justice Department officials, in what one outlet called…

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Richland County Public Defender Argues Pretrial Program Unconstitutional

South Carolina Chief Public Defender E. Fielding Pringle Argues that the Pretrial Program in Richland County, South Carolina is Unconstitutional If you follow what is the current bail reform debate, arguments in favor of using supervision by government or private programs using electronic monitoring instead of the accountability that a surety bail bond provide are…

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