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Brief • June 28, 2017
Filed under: Bond Fees, Bail Bonds
Burks v. Scott County, MS, Complaint, Bail Denial, 2014 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI NORTHERN DIVISION Octavious Burks; Joshua Bassett, on Behalf of Themselves and All Others Similarly Situated, * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ...
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 ...
Report Finds Charging Criminal Justice Fees Perpetuates Mass Incarceration by Matthew Clarke The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law released a report in May 2015 titled, “Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration.” Mass incarceration refers to the fact that the United States, which has around 5% ...
Charging the Poor - Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Sobol, 2016 Legal Studies Research Paper Series Research Paper No. 16–09 Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons Neil L. Sobol This paper can be downloaded without charge from the Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper ...
Report Finds Criminal Justice System Financially Overburdens Prisoners and Their Families by Christopher Zoukis The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit focused on racial and economic policy, in conjunction with Forward Together and a dozen other community and civil rights organizations recently released a study which surveyed hardships ...
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 ...
Ferguson, Missouri Under Fire for Revenue-based Criminal Justice System by Christopher Zoukis Following 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri ignited by the killing of an unarmed black youth by a white police officer, some local law enforcement practices have been changed. The reforms were spurred, in large part, by a U.S. ...
Former Warden, Sheriff, Justice of the Peace Charged in Texas Corruption Scandal by Matthew Clarke Elberto Esquiel Bravo, 55, the former warden at the East Hidalgo County Detention Center, was arrested in January 2015 and charged with acting as an accessory after the fact in a conspiracy to bribe Hidalgo ...
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 • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Preliminary Injunction Granted in Class-action Suit Challenging Private Probation Services in Tennessee by David Reutter Another victory in the fight against debtors’ prisons was achieved with the grant of an injunction by a Tennessee federal district court. The preliminary injunction, issued in a class-action lawsuit in December 2015, prohibits a ...
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. ...
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 • May 12, 2016
Proposals Aim to End Debtor’s Prison in Pennsylvania by David Reutter Pennsylvania courts are frequently imprisoning people who are unable to pay fines. Proposed rule changes aim to end debtor’s prisons, but the real problem may be a lack of oversight for the local courts that oversee such cases. Ann ...
Publication • February 11, 2016
Filed under: Indigent Defense, Bond Fees
Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration, Brennan Center for Justice, 2015 Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration By Lauren-Brooke Eisen Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law ABOUT THE BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and ...
Thompson v. Dekalb County, GA, Settlement, Court Practices Target Poor, 2015 SETTLEMENT AGRJmMENT AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS This Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims (hereinafter "Agreement") is made by and among DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA ("DeKalb County"); CHIEF JUDGE NELLY WITHERS, In Her Official Capacity as Chief Judge of the DeKalb ...
Article • April 15, 2013 • from PLN April, 2013
Seventh Circuit: Cost Bond Improper Tool to Address Prisoner’s Frivolous Filings by On May 30, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an Illinois federal district court’s order that imposed a cost bond on an indigent prisoner which the court knew he could not afford, holding that such an ...
Article • March 15, 2013
Idaho Supreme Court Denies Bail Bondsmen Damage Claims by Derek Gilna In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho has ruled against Allied Bail Bonds, Inc., who had appealed a lower state court decision denying it relief for several claims, including the alleged breach of a ...
Bailing on Justice: The Dysfunctional System of Using Money to Buy Pretrial Freedom by Tracy Velázquez by Tracy Velázquez, Melissa Neal and Spike Bradford* The practice of requiring someone to pay money to a court in order to remain free while awaiting trial is known as “money bail.” While considerable ...
Article • September 15, 2012 • from PLN September, 2012
Bail Bond Companies Profit While Poorest Defendants Remain in Jail by David Reutter by David M. Reutter As America’s prison population has swelled over the past three decades to become the largest per capita in the world, the number of special interests that feed off the so-called prison industrial complex ...
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