Category: Press Releases

Delaware Bail Reform: What Ashley Forgot to Ask Joe

Legislators can learn from the history of Delaware politics and reject dangerous legislation. June 19 2018 Ashley Biden is hard at work advocating for bail reform in Delaware.  She has been a vocal proponent for the movement, despite being otherwise busy with her new line of hoodies and clothing line.  Of course, friends of Ashley…

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Danger Ahead: New Study on Risk-Based Bail Systems Warn of Increase In Pretrial Incarceration

Researchers warn that risk-based bail systems will lead to an increase in pretrial incarceration in new study. June 19 2018 As legislators and policy-makers across the country continue to deal with the promises of pretrial “pilot” counties funded by the deep pockets of social “reformers” and proposed legislation intended to eliminate the money-based system and…

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Arnold Foundation: Accumulating mountains of data on criminal defendants for algorithms now accused of creating mass incarceration.

Big Data is Big Business for reformers accumulating a massive inventory of private information on criminal defendants…enter the MacArthur Foundation. June 15 2018 Many of you have read about our continuing attempts to expose the fact that much of criminal justice reform is that the process is the product.  In other words, there is very…

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New research from Rice University spotlights the risk of increasing mass incarceration using computerized risk assessments

As legislators consider legislation that utilizes computerized risk assessments, new research from Rice University spotlights the risk of increasing mass incarceration. June 13 2018 New research on algorithms in criminal justice by Professor Robert Werth of Rice University asserts that the growth of risk algorithms is a central cause of generational mass incarceration. Risk assessment tools may increase…

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Delaware: Proposed legislation will increase mass incarceration, lock up the innocent

Bail Reform (H.B. 204) has already passed in Delaware—Proposed change to the Delaware Constitution to allow for preventative detention based on labeling defendants as “Dangerous” is reform that will instead increase incarceration. June 12 2018 Bail reform in Delaware that was intended to reduce the reliance on monetary bail, allow for additional discretion for pretrial…

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BREAKING: Iowa Governor Shuts Down Arnold Foundation Pretrial Risk Assessment Effective December 31

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds pulls the plug on the Arnold Foundation Pretrial Risk Assessment (PSA) effective December 31 rebuffing the legislature’s attempt to shut it down immediately. June 1 2018 Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed the legislature’s attempt to immediately shut down the Arnold Foundation Pretrial Risk Assessment – choosing instead…

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Safety and Justice Challenge Part III: Bail Reform Flames Out in Spokane

As part of our continued work across the country investigating the Safety and Justice Challenge which is funding jurisdictions with grant money from the MacArthur Foundation, we set out to ask one basic question…is it working? This time we took a look at Spokane, Washington.  With community groups like the ACLU and others complaining that…

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Numbers raise questions about move to reform bail in Maryland

Numbers raise questions about move to reform bail in Maryland. More unintended consequences of allowing the state and those prosecuting you to be the gatekeepers of your freedom. ___ WBALTV11 – May 29 2018 “In March 2017, an average of 655 arrestees were held each day at Central Booking. In March 2018, the average jumped…

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MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, Part II; Saint Louis Increases Pretrial Incarceration 21.1% in Year One

In the wake of the Ferguson riots, Criminal Justice Reforms in Saint Louis increased pretrial incarceration by an astonishing 21.1% in one year… May 29, 2018 As part of our ongoing investigation into the “success” (or lack thereof) of the MacArthur Foundation’s effort to reshape mass incarceration, we shift our focus this time on Saint…

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Results In: Bail Reformer MacArthur Foundation Spending Millions to Increase Mass Incarceration in the Palmetto State

MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge: Year One Results are in for Charleston, S.C. May 25, 2018 The MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge is a series of grants to many local jurisdictions to reduce jail populations and basically reduce mass incarceration.  It is thought that by implementing a bunch of new “best practices,” designed by ivory-tower criminologists,…

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