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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 ...

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 ...

Danger Sign in Bail for Alleged Cincinnati Police Shooter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.03.2015 | 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 07.20.2015 | 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...

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Murder Case Against Suge Knight

AP | ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness — one of the men...

Ending Bail As We Know It

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | 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...

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 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...

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.