Category: Press Releases

New Mexico Governor Martinez Warns Utah: Be Skeptical of Misleading Arnold Risk Assessment Tool (Video)

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez took to media to warn Utah citizens and lawmakers of adopting the Arnold Foundations Pretrial Risk Assessment Tool by court rule and other bail bond reforms – which has perpetuated a “catch and release revolving door criminal justice system” in New Mexico. April 18 2018 Eric Holder’s bail reform has…

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Virginia Passes Legislation to Rein In Pretrial Services and Force Basic Accountability

Virginia takes on the issue of accountability and forces transparency in pretrial services division. April 17 2018 In November, 2017 the Virginia Crime Commission issued a report on the state of pretrial services programs, often posited as an alternative to financial conditions of bail. Since the 1960s, bail reformers have quoted Robert F. Kennedy for…

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Colorado: Bail Reform Legislation Goes Up in Smoke in the Mile High City

Colorado becomes the latest State this spring to reject the no-money bail system, bail reform, and the idea of releasing more defendants on a simple “promise to appear.” April 17 2018 Yesterday, the Colorado Senate killed House Bill 1089, which would have largely prohibited judges from using judicial discretion in imposing monetary bail in most…

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Latest to Reject Bail Reform: Idaho

Idaho becomes the latest state – in what is quickly becoming a long line of states – to reject the idea of the no-money bail system. March 26, 2018 The Criminal Justice Commission, egged on by the State Court Administrator, attempted to run legislation to implement the New Jersey bail system in Idaho in this…

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California: National Shift Against Bail Reform and Senate Bill 10 Continues

Senate Bill 10 is a bill that is after it’s time. by Jeff Clayton, Executive Director, American Bail Coalition Senate Bill 10 in California is what bail reform looked like three years ago.  Then, it was all the rage to use big data to tap-dance our way out of problems in the bail system by accurately…

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Florida the Latest State to Reject Bail Reform and the No-Money Bail System

Gavel Comes Down in Tallahassee: Florida the Latest State to Reject Bail Reform and the No-Money Bail System As the gavel came down in Tallahassee at 4:17 pm on March 11, 2018, thus ending the 2018 session of the Florida legislature, Florida became the latest state to reject moving to a no-money bail system. Advocates…

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Florida to Follow the Lead of Houston Texas on Bail Reform Unless the Legislature Rejects Damaging Legislation

Will Florida follow the lead of Houston, Texas on bail reform?  Houston’s results paint a dire picture and should cause concern for lawmakers considering dangerous legislation. Bail reformers have somehow managed to convince the legislature that releasing more people on a “promise to appear” will create a new criminal utopia, saving money while not having…

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BREAKING: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit Issues Ruling – Bail Schedules Constitutional, No Right to an “Affordable Bail”

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Issues Ruling Dramatically Limiting Federal Judge’s Order in Houston Bail Case: Bail Schedules May Be Used And There is No Right to An “Affordable Bail” New Orleans, LA – For months, we have heard nothing but calls from the Plantiffs in the ODonnell v. Harris County case,…

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West Virginia Bail Reform Legislation – Dangerous and Unproven Criminal Risk Assessment Algorithms

West Virginia Bail Reform Legislation would Encourage the Use of Unproven Criminal Risk Algorithms and Delegate Power to the Courts to Adopt the No-Money Bail System. by Jeff Clayton, Executive Director, American Bail Coalition Conversations on bail reform all are all the new rage. That we can simply use computers to safely and efficiently reduce…

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New Jersey Courts Attempt to Tweet Their Way to Bail Reform Success

  One Year In…What We Do (or Don’t) Know about New Jersey Bail Reform #IfWeTweetItsSuccessItMustBeTrue by Jeff Clayton, Executive Director, American Bail Coalition The New Jersey Courts issued a report yesterday touting the success of the implementation of bail reform in New Jersey, a cooperative project of the State Courts and Chris Christie administration in…

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