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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UPDATE: Holland vs Rosen – Case moves on as Judge affirms that plaintiff has standing but denies injunctive relief

Statement on Holland vs Rosen by Jeff Clayton, Executive Director of the American Bail Coalition Camden, NJ – Today, in the case of Holland v. Rosen, where the Plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s reformed bail system, the judge issued an order denying the motion for preliminary injunction filed by the Plaintiffs. While…

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(BREAKING) Salt Lake City, UT – Criminal Justice Committee concerned over rollout of “risk assessment tool” passes motion to demand judiciary delay implementation – ABC’s Jeff Clayton testifies

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Judicial Counsel is scheduled to roll out the controversial Laura & John Arnold Foundation pretrial “risk assessment tool” on November 13, 2017 – but many legislators are questioning the reliability of the tool. The tool claims to make “proven evidenced based” pretrial release decisions regarding those criminally charged. Today,…

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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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Texas On Our Mind – Help Us Help Our Bail Family Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Please help us help our bail family affected by the hurricane. We have heard many horror stories, and we know people are suffering. Join the American Bail Coalition in raising funds to help! All proceeds will go the Harris County Bondsmen’s Association and Professional Bondsmen of Texas to help those in the bail industry and…

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Major Momentum Shift: Texas Legislature Squarely Rejects New Jersey-Style Bail Reform

As the gavel came down last night in Austin and the Texas Legislature adjourned sine die, a historic attempt by Senator John Whitmire and Chief Justice Nathan Hecht to undo Texas’s bail system was soundly defeated as the clock finally ran out on the legislation. Senate Bill 1338 and companion legislation would have implemented New…

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