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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 ...
Article • February 3, 2016 • from PLN February, 2016
Settlement Ends Montgomery, Alabama Debtor’s Prison by David Reutter Debtor’s prison has come to an end in the city of Montgomery, Alabama. Following a federal district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction requiring the city to correct its unconstitutional practice of jailing people who could not afford to pay fines, ...
Article • February 2, 2016 • from PLN February, 2016
Filed under: Bail, Bail Bonds
The Slow, Painful Death of Bail in New York City by Jarrett Murphy by Jarrett Murphy, City Limits In September 2015, New York’s chief judge said he would order the review of all bails imposed in low-level cases where a defendant did not pay, and push courts to consider alternatives ...
Article • January 7, 2016
Filed under: Bail Bonds, Immigration
ICE Forced to Modify Bond Practices in Immigration Court Proceedings by Derek Gilna Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been enjoined by a federal district court in Seattle, Washington from summarily denying personal recognizance bonds in certain detention proceedings as a result of a class action filed by Maria Sandra ...
Brief • November 4, 2015
Filed under: Bail, Bail Bonds
Buffin v. San Francisco, CA, Class Action Complaint, Pretrial Detention Bail Schedule, 2015 Case 3:15-cv-04959 Document 1 Filed 10/28/15 Page 1 of 13 Phil Telfeyan California Bar No. 258270 Attorney, Equal Justice Under Law 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW South Building — Suite 900 Washington, D.C. 20004 (202) 505-2058 ptelfeyan@equaljusticeunderlaw.org Attorney ...
Article • October 16, 2015
Phoenix Jail Prisoners Victims in Fake Illness Scam by Matthew Clarke Phoenix Jail Prisoners Victims in Fake Illness Scam by Matt Clarke Margarita Zaragoza was in the process of bonding out her former cellmate using her car as collateral when she found out the truth—she had been had. And Zaragoza ...
Article • June 10, 2015
Convicted Bail Bondsman Assists FBI to Remove District Judges from the Bench by Convicted Bail Bondsman Assists FBI to Remove District Judges from the Bench On August 28, 2006, U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen sentenced former Gretna, Louisiana bail bondsman Louis Marcotte to 38 months in prison and ordered ...
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