Philadelphia Eagles pay bail for nine people using social justice funds
State weighs changes to bail system to reduce burden on the poor
BY OWEN DAUGHERTY | THEHILL.COM
"We recognize that the only reason that these people were in jail is because they couldn't afford to get out. If any of them had the resources I did, they would be out," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told ESPN. "So it's not a matter of public safety or being convicted of a crime, which they haven't yet, it's just they're simply too poor for their freedom."
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105 New York City Inmates Freed in Bail Reform Experiment
BY LAURA LESLIE | WRAL
“Smith said the pilot, signed off by all parts of the justice system, encourages law enforcement in those counties to consider issuing a summons or citation instead of arresting people for non-violent and non-drug-related misdemeanors or low-level felonies. It also encourages magistrates to use a flowchart that defaults to unsecured bond instead of cash bail unless circumstances indicate otherwise.”
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Opinion | The Newest Jim Crow
BY JEFFERY C. MAYS | THE NEW YORK TIMES
“In October, hundreds of volunteers acting on behalf of the advocacy group posted $1.2 million in bail to free 105 people from Rikers Island and other city jails. Of the 90 who have since had scheduled court appearances, only two failed to show up as of Friday, according to the group.”
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Bail reform, which could save millions of innocent people from jail, explained
BY MICHELLE ALEXANDER | THE NEW YORK TIMES
But what’s taking the place of cash bail may prove even worse in the long run. In California, a presumption of detention will effectively replace eligibility for immediate release when the new law takes effect in October 2019. And increasingly, computer algorithms are helping to determine who should be caged and who should be set “free.” Freedom — even when it’s granted, it turns out — isn’t really free.
NC judges are setting bail when they shouldn’t. Stop it.
BY STEPHANIE WYKSTRA | VOX
The shared goal of reforming bail is to get rid of the wealth-based pretrial system — and to do this without a significant increase in crime or failure to appear in court. There are many specific proposals across jurisdictions, but these are the main elements that advocates tend to agree on.
BY J. PEDER ZANE | NEWS AND OBSERVER
North Carolina law (15A-534b) says bail can only be set if the court has reason to believe the defendant will use his freedom to flee, intimidate a witness, hurt somebody, suborn perjury or destroy evidence.