Category: Press Releases

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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New Jersey and New Mexico Heading for the Exit on Bail Reform – New Legislation Seeks Changes

Legislation Introduced to Restore Judicial Discretion to Set Bail in New Jersey and New Mexico, Reversing In-Part the Historic Bail Reforms Implemented Last Year As legislators around the country consider what bail-reform activists have called a tidal wave of bail reform, they might want to take a look at the fallout of the two states…

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UPDATE: Legislation to Repeal New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Implementing the No-Money Bail System Clears First Hurdle at the Roundhouse

SJM 13, “Supreme Court—Rescind Bail Rules” clears first hurdle. Today, the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee considered SJM 13, “Supreme Court—Rescind Bail Rules,” which is an edict from the New Mexico legislature demanding that the Court repeal the existing rules and instead implement the will of the legislature and the voters. Senators on both sides…

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Florida Legislature Should Reject New Bail Reform Risk Assessment Algorithm Proposals (SB-484)

With a recent amendment to Senate Bill 484, the conversation of risk assessments and bail reform has come directly to Florida, and regardless of how one feels about bail reform in general, the Legislature should be aware of the many pitfalls of going in this direction. Using artificial intelligence in the criminal justice system has…

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ACLU of New Mexico and their poor attempt to justify the Supreme Courts’ bail reform-fueled crime problem

The ACLU issued a report to the legislature on Friday entitled Beyond the Myths: Making Sense of the Crime Debate in New Mexico.  The report, designed to shelter the bail reform debate (championed by the ACLU) from the rising crime in New Mexico falls short in many areas — primarily facts. Unfortunately, it is hard…

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Data due process, no-money bail systems and the unraveling of “validated” risk assessments

“The following op-ed was originally published on January 16 in the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal.” While the topic of bail reform is not new, the debate is rapidly changing. There is continued movement across the country to implement no-money bail systems. This year, at least a dozen legislatures will consider bail reformers’ claims that…

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Kentucky Pretrial Release System – Ineffective Waste of Resources

New study issued by law professor proves that the Kentucky’s Pretrial Release Program for those criminally charged is completely failing despite repeated attempts to fix it. by Jeff Clayton, Executive Director Kentucky’s pretrial services program, which costs the state around $12 million annually, is the only statewide pretrial program in the nation.  These programs are…

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Results In: Nevada Bail Reform Project a Failure

Despite Nevada Governor Sandoval vetoing legislation to implement the pretrial “risk assessment” statewide because it was “unproven” with “no conclusive evidence pretrial risk tools will work” – Justice Hardesty moved forward with the Nevada Reno-Model…now a proven failure. by Jeff Clayton, Executive Director, American Bail Coalition If you Google how a bill becomes a law…

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