Federal Judge Denies Right to Affordable Bail But Finds Dallas County Has Inadequate Bail Review Procedures

It is Time for the Texas Legislature to Act to Fix these Procedural Due Process Issues in the Bail Setting and Review Process September 24, 2018 On Thursday September 20, 2018, U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction against Dallas…

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County to Appeal Activist Alabama Federal Judge’s Bail Order

Cullman County ruling on bail by activist federal judge to be appealed in Alabama. September 19, 2018 Shultz v. Alabama is the latest case challenging bail brought by the Civil Rights Corps in Cullman County, Alabama, where an activist federal judge made up some law that is contrary to law that has settled on this…

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BREAKING: Ballot Initiative Filed to Reverse Bail Reform Legislation (SB10) in California

Ballot Initiative Aimed at Reversing Bail Reform Legislation (SB10) in California August 29 2018 The American Bail Coalition announced its support of a ballot initiative launched today to reverse the passage of Senate Bill 10, the last-minute unvetted legislation that completely and totally upended California’s bail system. Press Release: Coalition Launches Referendum Drive to Protect…

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BREAKING: US Court of Appeals Rules Monetary Bail and Bail Schedules Constitutional

US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit rule monetary bail and bail schedules Constitutional after years of litigation. August 22 2018 After three years of ongoing litigation kicked off by then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in Clanton, Alabama, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has finally ruled on Walker v….

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California: Assembly Passes Senate Bill 10 “Bail Reform,” the Unconstitutional “Crappy Bill”

Senate Bill 10 “Bail Reform” passes the Assembly despite a litany of constitutional issues, mounting concerns over the Bill, and growing bipartisan opposition. August 20 2018 Sacramento, CA:  Senate Bill 10 “Bail Reform” cleared the Assembly (41-27) today despite its flawed public policy.  The bill will now have to be concurred by the Senate and…

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CA Senate Bill 10 “Bail Reform” – Hollow Hope with Expansion of Preventative Detention & Biased Pretrial Risk Assessments

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 10 “Bail Reform” has rapidly gone 180 degrees in another direction, creating hollow hope of preventative detention along with a risk assessment judicial regulatory nightmare. August 17 2018 Having finally seen the draft that has alarmed the former coalition that supported and now is vehemently opposing Senate Bill 10, we…

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BREAKING: US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit Serves Up Huge Win for Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judges

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit grants request to issue a stay in Harris County bail case giving the County Criminal Court at Law Judges a huge win. August 15, 2018 There is no right to an affordable bail in the United States—only a right to be heard within 48 hours on whether…

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Iowa: Vindication for Governor Reynolds on Pretrial Risk Assessments

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ ahead of the curve in halting pretrial risk assessments – now vindicated for her decision. August 6 2018 Governor Reynolds was widely criticized for halting the pilot project in Iowa that is employing the use of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation Public Safety Risk assessment as an alternative to the…

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California ACLU’s Support of Senate Bill 10 Unexplainable

California ACLU’s support of Senate Bill 10 in light of national movement against risk assessments remains unexplainable. August 4 2018 When 115 national civil rights groups came together last week, the message was pretty clear.  The first 13 words of the letter read as follows: “We believe that jurisdictions should not use risk assessment instruments…

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Pretrial Risk Assessments: Civil Rights Groups Call for Ban, Arnold Foundation Doubles Down in Support of Risk Tool

Arnold Foundation vehemently affirms support for Pretrial Risk Assessments: Ignores National Civil Rights Groups’ call for elimination and notes it’s pouring in more cash to spread the PSA Tool. August 1 2018 Yesterday, in a stunning rebuke to the use of pretrial risk assessments in the criminal justice system, over 100 national groups, including the…

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