Category: In The News

No-Money Bail Movement Fails To Deliver on Promises

Published by the Kings County Bar Association in the December issue of Bar Bulletin By Jeffrey J. Clayton As we have watched the no-money bail movement continue to sling false narratives, the undeniable truth has emerged that the actual no-money bail system is too expensive. The price tag is too high for state and local…

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Jeff Clayton on NPR’s “All Things Considered” concerning California Bail Reform

California’s Bail System Is ‘Unsafe And Unfair,’ Study Finds (reported Eric Westervelt of NPR) “I think the bail industry and the research shows we do our best work, in terms of reducing long-term fugitive rates and returning people to court when they flee, in high-risk felony cases,” says Jeff Clayton, director of the American Bail…

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Camp Springs, MD – Man charged with attempting to kill, rape woman inside her home was released by D.C. Pretrial Services “High-Intensity Supervision Program” in September

Rape suspect had been charged with sex abuse in September and released, officials say (published by Fox News – Oct 24 2017) A man charged with sexual assault in the nation’s capital less than a month ago was arrested in a Washington suburb over the weekend for attempting to rape and kill a woman inside…

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‘BLACK BOX’ ALGORITHMS IN GOVERNMENT

AI EXPERTS WANT TO END ‘BLACK BOX’ ALGORITHMS IN GOVERNMENT (published by Wired.com  – 10.18.17) THE RIGHT TO due process was inscribed into the US constitution with a pen. A new report from leading researchers in artificial intelligence cautions it is now being undermined by computer code. Public agencies responsible for areas such as criminal justice, health, and…

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BREAKING: Utah Judiciary delays implementation of Arnold Foundation tool amid legislative pressure

Salt Lake City, UT – Unconfirmed reports coming out of Salt Lake City, Utah indicate that the Judiciary has delayed implementation of the Arnold Foundation’s “risk assessment tool” amid serious criticisms from Utah legislators. On September 26, 2017, the Utah State Legislature had sent a formal letter to Chief Justice Matthew Durrant of the Utah…

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BREAKING: New Orleans, LA – Oral arguments heard today in O’Donnell v. Harris County federal lawsuit

Update: O’Donnell v. Harris County Today, oral arguments were heard in New Orleans before a panel of three judges sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, in the federal case of ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas where the Plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of the…

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BREAKING: Utah Legislature requests judiciary “immediately stop” implementation of risk assessment tool citing potential “public safety” concerns (letter)

BREAKING NEWS… Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah State Legislature has sent a formal letter to Chief Justice Matthew Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court and Richard Schwermer, Court Administrator of the AOC, to request that the judiciary “immediately stop in the implementation of the statewide risk assessment tool and enhancements to the current risk…

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Walker v. Calhoun: Georgia, Florida, Alabama Attorneys General file amicus brief in support of the City of Calhoun

Update:  Walker v. Calhoun Calhoun, GA – On September 27, 2017,  the State Attorneys General on behalf of the States of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama filed an amicus brief in support of the City of Calhoun, Georgia in this the second appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Walker v….

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Walker v. Calhoun: Department of Justice files amicus brief stating monetary bail schedules are constitutional

Update:  Walker v. Calhoun Calhoun, GA – On September 13, 2017, the United States Department of Justice filed a brief in favor of the constitutionality of the imposition of monetary bail and using a bail schedule based on the offense, if a defendant then has a right to an expedited bail review hearing where the…

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ABC’s Jeff Clayton on Senator Harris’ Federal Bail Reform Legislation

SENATOR HARRIS’ FEDERAL BAIL REFORM LEGISLATION IS PROOF THAT  WASHINGTON IS TRULY BROKEN (as seen in California Political Review – Sept 11 2017) By Jeff Clayton, Executive Director, American Bail Coalition Most Americans would agree that some degree of bail reform is needed in our country.  In fact, there are many dialogues currently taking place…

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