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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.

Decision Points: Reporting on Caseflow Affects Pretrial Jail Populations

Jeffrey Colbath | Posted 12.16.2015 | Crime
Jeffrey Colbath

Judges play a critical role in a typical criminal case, not only in the most direct ways--delivering bail and sentencing decisions--but also through managing trial speed. For example, it is estimated that two-thirds of Palm Beach County's inmates are awaiting court appearances.