Reform

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Bail reform has become a big topic nationally. But not all reform is good reform. Here, we collect articles about the realities and nuances of bail reform throughout America.

"The next president could support legislation to incentivize states in the other direction: abolish cash bail, invest in public defenders, and bolster fundamental services like mental health clinics, substance abuse centers and supportive housing in the communities most harmed by mass criminalization."...

The Cambridge Homeless Court takes a different approach from most, connecting defendants with resources outside the court system. But critics say it doesn't get to the root of the problem: “Communities are intentionally targeting the homeless by making it a crime to sleep on the street, or panhandle, or by selectively enforcing petty laws, using the criminal justice system to address the social service problem. Our preference would be simply stop criminalizing that behavior in the first place.” Summarized by Jacob Koffler...

A federal judge ruled last week that St. Louis jails – including the infamous Workhouse where over 90% of people are detained pretrial – can’t incarcerate people simply because they can’t pay bail. The judge cited data from our St. Louis site in ruling that: “There is no evidence that financial conditions of release are more effective than alternatives for ensuring court appearance and public safety.” However, as of now, St. Louis courts are holding up new bail hearings for people entitled to them. Summarized by Jacob Koffler...