A Call for Reforming the Nation’s Costly Pretrial Detention System

Offering judges a more scientific basis for deciding who can be released before trial was among the suggestions for changing the $9 billion jail system at a blue-ribbon conference in Washington, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder… Read the rest here

Most non-violent offenders awaiting trial could be supervised at home

Most non-violent offenders awaiting trial could be supervised at home instead of being placed in jail without endangering the community, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. Holder, speaking at the National Symposium on Pretrial Justice, said many Americans accused of nonviolent or petty offenses remain in jail before trial simply because they cannot afford to […]

For-Profit Bail Bonds: Pretrial Injustice

Our criminal justice system has a routine component we share only with the Philippines, while every other Western country in the world has banished it. Some, like England and Canada, have even criminalized it as “a form of obstruction of justice.” What’s the obstruction? Posting someone else’s bail for profit… Read the rest here