Tag: Bail reform

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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Federal Judge Issues Injunction Against Harris County Criminal Judges–Interlocutory Appeal Coming

After nearly a year of litigation, a U.S. District Judge in Houston issued a partial injunction against the Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judges on Friday, April 28, 2017. While reading the 193 page order could take the average lawyer weeks to understand, the injunction order clearly was limited to misdemeanor cases only.  Basically,…

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Harris County Bail System is Constitutional

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH’S SOLICITOR GENERAL, PAUL D. CLEMENT, INFORMS A FEDERAL JUDGE THAT HARRIS COUNTY’S BAIL SYSTEM IS CONSTITUTIONAL February 23, 2017             Late last week, Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement filed an amicus brief in the pending case ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas, et. al, where a group of Plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed another copy-cat…

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Jeff Clayton Discusses Lawsuit Against Harris County Texas Bail System

Jeff Clayton speaks with Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin on NPR Houston about Harris County’s bail system after a recent hearing held in US District Count. The lawsuit alleges the bail system in Harris County is unconstitutional because it jails offenders for minor crimes because they are unable to pay their bail set by the Judge.

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Statement on the Amicus Brief Filed by the U.S. Justice Department

THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL BAIL POLICY IS NOTHING NEW—THE DEPARTMENT HAS TO REFORM SOMETHING SINCE IT CHOOSES TO DO NOTHING TO REFORM THE BROKEN FEDERAL BAIL SYSTEM             News media outlets around the Country are reporting on the recent filing of an amicus brief by U.S. Justice Department officials, in what one outlet called…

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O’Donnell v. Harris County Discussed with KTSA-AM in San Antonio Texas

Jeff Clayton interviews with KTSA-AM in San Antonio Texas regarding O’Donnell v. Harris County.

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Richland County Public Defender Argues Pretrial Program Unconstitutional

South Carolina Chief Public Defender E. Fielding Pringle Argues that the Pretrial Program in Richland County, South Carolina is Unconstitutional If you follow what is the current bail reform debate, arguments in favor of using supervision by government or private programs using electronic monitoring instead of the accountability that a surety bail bond provide are…

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Jeff Clayton Discusses Ending Discount Bail in Indiana

Jeff Clayton interviews with “The Casey Hendrickson Show,” on 95.3 MNC, South Bend to discuss the issues Indiana is currently facing with the states discount bail program.

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Jeff Clayton Interviewed by Tim Bryant, host of “Georgia’s Morning News”

Jeff Clayton was interviewed by Tim Bryant, host of “Georgia’s Morning News,” the station’s morning drive time program regarding the Walker v. Calhoun, GA case.    

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Medford Oregon: Interview on KMED-AM Regarding Lack of Commercial Bail

ABC’s Jeff Clayton discusses the lack of commercial bail in Oregon and related issues on KMED-AM.    

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