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Spanish Prosecutor Calls On Judge To Slash Princess' Bail

AP | CIARAN GILES | Posted 05.19.2015 | World

MADRID (AP) — The prosecutor has called on a Spanish judge to slash the 2.7 million-euro ($3.1 million) bail set for Princess Cristina while she awa...

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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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...

Reducing Population at Rikers Island the Quickest Path to Meaningful Reforms

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 01.04.2015 | Crime
Brooklyn Defender Services

The greatest improvement in jail conditions will occur when the jail population is reduced only to those who cannot be released due to the very serious nature of their charges, such as homicides.

Alleged Cookie Thief Can't Make $5 Bond

Associated Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man charged with stealing cookies can't get out jail. That because a bail bond agent says the $5 bond is too high...

Policymakers Must Include Incarcerated People in Jail Reform Process

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 09.29.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

More than 75 percent of the people on Rikers Island and in other city jails are not in custody due to a conviction. They are in jail on bail, sometimes as low as $250, because they cannot afford to meet this cash obligation.

Posting Bail for the Poorest of the Poor

David Feige | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
David Feige

For thousands of indigent criminal defendants in New York City, $500 is all that stands between weeks on Riker's Island and being branded with a criminal conviction, and having the case against them dismissed.

Should It Cost Less to Get Out of Jail If You're Rich?

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jesse Lava

We shouldn't have two criminal justice systems -- one for the rich and one for the rest of us. The commercial bail industry needs to know we're watching.

$5 Million Bail?

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business

By Emily Flitter and Basil Katz NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) - A former SAC Capital portfolio manager was released on $5 million bail on...

Tom Hanks' Money Trouble

AP | ROBERT JABLON | Posted 01.08.2013 | Money

LOS ANGELES — A Southern California insurance broker pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegations he overcharged Tom Hanks, the former guitarist ...

Radley Balko

Wisconsin Residents: The Police Stole Our Bail Money | Radley Balko | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

When the Brown County, Wis., Drug Task Force arrested her son Joel last February, Beverly Greer started piecing together his bail. She used part o...

George Zimmerman Bail Reverses All Hard Work Done for Trayvon Martin

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 06.26.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Granting bail to Zimmerman renders all the rallies, petitions and hard work done around the world to bring him to justice meaningless. It effectively communicates defiance within the Sanford judicial system to say, "We don't care what you think."

Cook County Bond Court Overlooks Critical Information

Katy Welter | Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago
Katy Welter

In less than the time it takes to make an ATM withdrawal, Cook County Bond Court judges make decisions affecting individual liberty and the public safety. This way of transacting justice exacts a dear convenience fee.

DSK and Bail: But Aren't the French Right?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

What is it about the bail bond system in the U.S. that for many critics -- including, judges, prosecutors and bar associations -- is so odious, so unfair, and indeed one of the dirty secrets in criminal law?

The F Word: Forgetting Bradley Manning

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Today, Julian Assange is out of jail. But let's not forget that without Bradley Manning and many others like him, Assange and WikiLeaks and all our new-found public information would be as in the dark as Manning is right now.

Assange Out on Bail

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Judge Rejects Lee Daniels' $1M Bail For Bro-In-Law | By John Marzulli | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The director of the acclaimed movie "Precious" offered to back a $1 million bail to spring his brother-in-law from prison - but a federal judge was no...

Alex Sanchez, LA Anti-Gang Activist, Granted $2M Bail

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — After a lengthy legal fight, an anti-gang activist accused of still participating in gang life by ordering a hit on a rival was gr...

MAZIAR BAHARI RELEASED: Iran Frees Newsweek Reporter On Bail

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran released a foreign Newsweek reporter on bail Saturday almost four months after he was arrested following the country's dispu...

Maurice Clemmons Had Schoolchildren On Hit List

McClatchy | Adam Lynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

TACOMA, Wash. -- Maurice Clemmons threatened to kill more than just cops in the days before he massacred four police officers at a coffee shop. Scho...

Roman Polanski Arrest Sparked By Tip From Swiss, According To New Documents

AP | THOMAS WATKINS and BRADLEY S. KLAPPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The arrest of Roman Polanski in his decades-old child sex case was set in motion last month by Swiss authorities, who informed fed...

Michail Sorodsky Hit With $33 Million Bail Bond, Highest In New York

New York Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

An allegedly phony Brooklyn doctor accused of sexually abusing patients while they were under anesthesia has the dubious distinction of having the hig...