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Jailed Over Tickets, This Mother Attempted Suicide. Here's How She Got To That Point.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics

Donyale Thomas was a 32-year-old mother living on a fixed income in Berkeley, Missouri when she was jailed in March 2011 after failing to pay hundreds...

Obama Justice Department Joins The Fight Against America's Bail Industry

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The Obama administration has joined the fight against the American bail industry, telling a federal appeals court that bail practices t...

Our Bail System Is Leaving Innocent People To Die In Jail Because They're Poor

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

Jail deaths disproportionately impact poor defendants, according to a months-long investigation published by The Huffington Post this week, which docu...

How Our User-Pay Justice System Drives Mass Incarceration

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
The Vera Institute of Justice

A large part of our local justice system is funded by fines and fees extracted from so-called "users" of the system, even though 80 percent of these users are too poor to hire their own lawyer. This method of funding the system is common across the country.

Homeless Man Dies In Jail After Being Locked Up For Marijuana Possession

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

Jeffrey Pendleton, a homeless man who won several legal battles over the criminalization of the poor, died in a New Hampshire jail on Sunday after not...

Despite Public Outrage, Bail Reform Still Needed in New York City

Randal John Meyer | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Randal John Meyer

In October 2014, New York City erupted in outrage at the story of Kalief Browder. Browder spent three years in confinement awaiting trial for stealing a backpack. Browder tragically committed suicide in 2015. He was held at Rikers because, like many of the City's most vulnerable residents, he could not post his $3,000 bail.

'Violent Crimes,' A Conversation with Phillip Margolin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.09.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Phillip Margolin, a former criminal defense attorney who defended thirty murder cases, has written many New York Times bestsellers. He is well-known for his Amanda Jaffe and Brad Miller series, and for his many standalone novels.

Governor Wants To Reform Bail System That Pushes Poor, Innocent People Into Jail

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

The principle that defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty stands at the core of the U.S. criminal justice system. Yet in jails around ...

Right Next Door: Dan Nesser, Bail Bondsman

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.05.2016 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Think all bail bondsmen look like Eddie Moscone, the greasy, gruff, foulmouthed character played by Joe Pantoliano in the hit 1988 comedy Midnight Run...

As DOJ Zeros In On Profit-Driven Policing, Advocates Urge Crackdown

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal civil rights officials at the Department of Justice are launching an effort to combat widespread constitutional abuses in U.S. c...

Some Inmates Pope Francis Met Are In Jail Only Because They're Poor

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- When Pope Francis visited an overcrowded prison on Sunday, he talked to inmates about the need for "rehabilitation" and for inmates to...

Bob McDonnell Wants The Supreme Court To Do Something It Doesn't Do

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) got a brief reprieve from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday. Now, he wants a much longer one. ...

Danger Sign in Bail for Alleged Cincinnati Police Shooter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.03.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Predictably it took almost no time for ex-University of Cincinnati Cop Ray Tensing who is charged with the murder of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose to make his $1 million bail. This is the first danger sign that convicting Tensing of Dubose's murder is far from a slam dunk.

Pretrial Justice Demands Accused Have a Lawyer for Initial Bail Hearing

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

To have a fair and even playing field for all who face the criminal justice system, it is essential that indigent defendants have access to an effective lawyer at their bail hearings. The federal and state governments must recognize the critical importance of a lawyer's presence during the pretrial stage.

Experts Say De Blasio's Bail Reform Plan Is Not Enough

HuffPost Live | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.13.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week his plan for the allocation of $17.8 million to reduce unwarranted jail time for defendants awaiting trial. T...

Ending Bail As We Know It

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

The concept of bail is a long-standing part of our criminal justice system. Bail is specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution and actually originated in ancient Rome. But it has changed over the years and it no longer works.

Kalief Browder's Death Shows the Lethality of Our Broken Court System

Raj Jayadev | Posted 06.19.2016 | Crime
Raj Jayadev

While Kalief Browder is no longer alive, there are entire generations who can be saved from his fate if this historic moment of calling for police accountability expanded its lens to the court system.

Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Suge Knight, Dr. Dre And Ice Cube

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2016 | Black Voices

June 4 (Reuters) - A widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marion "Suge" Knight, accusing the rap mogul of carelessly striking and killin...

Suge Knight Hires Michael Jackson Ex-Attorney In California Murder Trial

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2016 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (Reuters) - One-time rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight formally changed his attorney on Friday in the murder case against him, brin...

Suge Knight Refuses To Attend Court Hearing On Robbery Charges

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2016 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight refused to leave his jail cell to attend a court hearing on robbery charges on Wednes...

The Case Against Bail

The New York Times | MAYA SCHENWAR | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics

HOW can we reduce the enormous populations of our country’s local jails?...

Suge Knight Hopeful Floyd Mayweather Will Help Pay Bail

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES, April 30 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge declined on Thursday to lower the $10 million bail for one-time ...

Judge Orders Rap Mogul Suge Knight To Stand Trial For Murder

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

(Updates with Knight sent to hospital) By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, April 16 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Thu...

Witness: 'I Will Not Be Used To Send Suge Knight To Prison'

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices

By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES, April 13 (Reuters) - A key witness in the hit-and-run murder case against Marion "Suge" Knight told...

Suge Knight Collapses In Court After Judge Sets Bail At $25 Million

Reuters | Michael Fleeman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - A judge set bail on Friday at $25 million for Suge Knight in a murder case, agreeing on the amount requested by prosecutors who had descri...