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Brief • May 19, 2017
Walker v. City of Calhoun, GA, Brief of Amicus Curiae, Indigent Arrestee Bail Debtors Prison, 2016 Case: 16-10521 Date Filed: 08/18/2016 No. 16-10521-HH Page: 1 of 34 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT _________________ MAURICE WALKER, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellee ...
Article • May 10, 2017
How Our User-Pay Justice System Drives Mass Incarceration by Jon Wool by Jon Wool (Director, Vera Institute of Justice New Orleans Office) A few years ago, when the district attorney in New Orleans proposed shifting misdemeanor marijuana cases from the state court to the municipal court, the state court judges ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Quickest Path to Reducing Pretrial Incarceration? Eliminate Money Bail by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna According to the non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), the fastest way to reduce the number of pretrial detainees held in local jails is simple: Eliminate or reduce the use of money bail. In a money ...
Brief • May 2, 2017
O'Donnell v. Harris County, TX, Ruling, Harris County Bail System, 2017 Case 4:16-cv-01414 Document 302 Filed in TXSD on 04/28/17 Page 1 of 193 United States District Court Southern District of Texas ENTERED IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION MARANDA LYNN ODONNELL, ...
Brief • April 28, 2017
Corbin v. Knox County, IL, Complaint, Jail Suicide, 2016 4:16-cv-04232-SLD-JEH # 1 Page 1 of 24 E-FILED Tuesday, 25 October, 2016 07:01:06 PM Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS ROCK ISLAND DIVISION ESTATE OF JOEY CORBIN, by CHRISTINE CORBIN, ...
Brief • April 28, 2017
Corbin v. Knox County, IL, Settlement Agreement, Jail Suicide, 2017 4/11/2017 11:02:24 FMB Fax Server 4:16-cv-04232-JEH # 25-1 Page 1AM of 10PAGE Fax Server 21011 E-FILED Thursday, 27 April, 2017 04:48:43 PM Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD ..... t'ASP . N"D· I:.' ~·E· . ,.., -·"r'A-,·· ~-..~··~"''''' ., !ihkL:~,dLr.1:,,_.,._,;,v,,,e.!If'.Ii,:J,,.t:.~~JTIN.:!c ...... ...
Article • March 14, 2017
Connecticut Supreme Court: Insanity Acquittee May Be Held in Prison on Bond by On November 3, 2015, the Supreme Court of Connecticut held that an insanity acquittee who was being held in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital could be held in prison if unable to pay the $100,000 bond set for ...
Article • February 24, 2017
Our Bail System Is Leaving Innocent People To Die In Jail Because They’re Poor by When freedom is only available to those who can afford it, many end up paying with their lives. By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post Of the nearly 750,000 inmates confined in jails around the U.S. ...
Article • January 12, 2017
Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can’t Afford This GPS Ankle Bracelet, You Get Thrown In Jail by Eric Markowitz by Eric Markowitz, International Business Times On a recent broiling August day, Antonio Green, an out-of-work construction worker, sat in his living room, a folder full of receipts open across his legs. ...
Bail Fail - Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of Using Money for Bail, JPI, 2012 BAIL FAIL: Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of USING Money for BaiL JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE | SEPTEMBER 2012 2 justice policy institute CONTENTS 3 PART 1: INTRODUCTION 5 PART 2: BACKGROUND ...
Missouri Jail Detainee Becomes Comatose, Treated in Hospital for Three Weeks by Christopher Zoukis In September 2015, Bernard Scott, 44, was arrested for various traffic violations and jailed at the Pine Lawn, Mo. jail in St. Louis County. He was held on a $360 bond. While in detention he called ...
New Study Documents Lower Pre-arrest Incomes for Prisoners by Derek Gilna A study released last year, prepared by the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), documented what most criminal justice experts have long suspected – that offenders’ pre-arrest incomes are significantly lower than the incomes of people who are not incarcerated. Interestingly, ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Washington State Undersheriff Gets 5 Months in Prison for Stealing $67K in Bail by Claims of compulsive tendencies and poor physical health don't often help criminal defendants trying to mitigate their prison sentences. Consider Carole Lepiane, the former undersheriff for Walla Walla County, Wash., the predictable exception. Lepiane, 58, using ...
Article • August 4, 2016
States Still Using Unconstitutional Debtors Prisons to Jail the Poor by Joe Watson The landmark 1983 U.S. Supreme Court decision Bearden v. Georgia reaffirmed the outlaw of so-called "debtors prisons"—the practice of incarcerating indigent people for being unable to pay off their debts—and requires that judges consider whether defendants are ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Prison Policy Initiative Report Says Money Bail System Keeps Poor in Jail by Derek Gilna Of the more than 2.3 million people locked up in the United States at any given time, around 646,000 are held in county jails. Of that population, seven in ten are pretrial detainees who have ...
Brief • July 7, 2016
Pierce et al v. City of Velda City, MO, Order, money bail reform, 2015 Case: 4:15-cv-00570-HEA Doc. #: 16 Filed: 06/03/15 Page: 1 of 3 PageID #: 119 Case: 4:15-cv-00570-HEA Doc.#: 15-2 Filed: 06/02/15 Page: 1 of 3 PagelD #: 116 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN ...
Article • July 6, 2016 • from PLN July, 2016
Georgia: Federal Court Finds Bond System Unfair to Indigent Defendants, Enters Injunction by Derek Gilna Maurice Walker, 54, was arrested in the City of Calhoun, Georgia for public intoxication in September 2015, and told that if he posted a $160 bond he could go free until his first court date. ...
Brief • June 7, 2016
Walker v. City of Calhoun, GA, Class Action Complaint, Indigent Arrestee Bail Debtors Prison, 2015 Case 4:15-cv-00170-HLM Document 1 Filed 09/08/15 Page 1 of 15 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ROME DIVISION ________________________________ ) MAURICE WALKER, on behalf of ) himself and others ...
Article • June 3, 2016 • from PLN June, 2016
Bail Bond Payment Plans Face Scrutiny, Criticism in New Jersey by Joe Watson In May 2014, New Jersey’s State Commission of Investigation (SCI) concluded a “broad-based” probe into the state’s bail bond industry for allowing criminal defendants to get out of jail with lower upfront costs and weekly or monthly ...
Article • June 3, 2016 • from PLN June, 2016
Mississippi Town Ordered to Abandon “Secured Bail” Arrest Bond System by Chevon E. Thompson, an unemployed, indigent mother of three, was arrested by Moss Point, Mississippi police for shoplifting, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was told that if she posted a bond of $3,200 for the three charges she ...
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