Cash bail studies reveal racism, classism in the system

Dealing with the Bail System Public opinion has long criticized cash bail as costly and unfair to taxpayers. Two separate studies have now revealed how unjust the bail system is. These studies are further examples of how desperately America needs a reform of its criminal justice system. Classism in the bail system The first study…

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Justice reform takes its first steps with the First Step Act

Last year President Trump signed the first piece of prison reform legislation in years. The First Step Act is aimed in part at reducing the federal prison population. It garnered overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate. Since becoming law, this bill has been quietly applauded by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.…

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Senate Bill Lets BOP Use More Home Confinement To Fight Coronavirus

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The U.S. Senate, late Wednesday, passed legislation that grants the Attorney General the authority to permit expanded use of home confinement by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) to help deal with the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. The bill also allows for free video visits if the expanded home confinement authority…

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Between Reasonable and Necessary: California’s New Police Law After many painful decades of dealing with the police brutality epidemic, California’s governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill entitled Assembly Bill 392 or “The California Act to Save Lives” to help solve this problem on August 19, 2019. Introduced by Assembly member, Shirley Weber,…

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AB 392 aims to prevent unnecessary violence committed by law enforcement in California state.

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Introducing AB 392 : The California Act to Save Lives: Clark’s shooting was one of the main factors that motivated California lawmakers to improve the state’s criminal justice system. But this shooting is far from the only catalyst, as it is just one of the latest incidents in a long and sad history of police…

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The First Step Act Applies the Fair Sentencing Act Retroactively – What Does That Mean?

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The First Step Act, passed last December, has several provisions in it that fix some errors of the past.  The most prominent of which came from the initial choice by Congress, back in the 1980s, to impose different sentences for crack cocaine offenses compared to powder cocaine offenses. Specifically, back when the “war on drugs”…

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