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The Legislative Analyst’s Office suggested that over the next four years, the state can save up to $1 billion annually if it closes five more prisons
Court records say Billy Partington misrepresented himself and never corrected corrections’ officers when his picture was compared to his brother during the release procedure
A change in Washington state law now requires the bailiffs to have an active commission through the state Criminal Justice Training Commission and to pass a background check
The 12 cities claim the zero-bail schedule for nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors will result in a “significant increase in criminals released back into the community”
“I’m not pointing fingers here at anybody; I’m just asking the question ‘why,’” Chief McManus said
“It gives judges discretion they need to hold violent criminals accountable, while still upholding our commitment to a justice system that is fair and accessible to all,” the gov. said
Riverside County Sheriff Deputy Isaiah Cordero was killed by a violent felon, on bail twice over, during a Dec. 29 traffic stop
The Fresno County, California rule allowed suspects arrested for certain lower-level felonies and misdemeanors to be released soon after, without having to put up bail money
The order came after a Kankakee County judge said the provisions were unconstitutional
A coalition made seven demands of commissioners before marching to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
Out of 595 people who were released on $0 bail from April 2020 through June 2021, 420 were re-arrested, with 123 of them arrested for violent crimes
Samuela Tuikolongahau Jr. was detained after allegations he presented bank checks for $760,000, $400,000 and $50,000 in 2020
In response to COVID concerns, local courts had required jails to set bail for all misdemeanor and felony offenses at $0.01, with exceptions for crimes such as serious or violent felonies
“The conversation on bail reform has gotten divorced from the data,” said Brad Lander
Supporters said the case of Quintez Brown, who was bailed out shortly after he opened fire on a mayoral candidate, highlighted the need for restrictions
“It is nearly impossible to believe that someone can attempt murder on Monday and walk out of jail on Wednesday,” Craig Greenberg said
“The bottom line is our hands are cuffed and we’ve got to get our hands un-cuffed so we can do our job,” said Chief Steve Abbott
“We’re doing everything we can to keep the streets safe and then a new law comes out and makes them less safe,” said Sheriff Michael Filicetti
“If we can help people change their behavior in the community versus in a jail or prison setting, that’s the goal”
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He was denied bail and was returned to jail with the additional charge of forgery
The sheriffs argued community safety was in danger due to ‘catch and release’ practices by the Missouri Department of Corrections
California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose record as a prosecutor has been under scrutiny since she entered the presidential race, has unveiled her criminal justice plan
The county’s bail system was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge
According to a recent state study, 48,000 county jail inmates, two-thirds of the statewide jail population, have not been convicted of a crime
The bail system in Harris County had been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge following a 2016 lawsuit
A new policy also requires the city court to consider defendants’ ability to pay and appoint attorneys
The commission has voted to stop requiring cash bail for people accused of violating ordinances, allowing them to be released on their own recognizance
Multiple groups and activist nationwide planned to bail out more than 100 women in 35 cities in time for Mother’s Day
Many of the proposals are facing fierce opposition from district attorneys and law enforcement