Cutting Bail Costs in Half ‘Could Save US Billions’

On any given day, there are about 450,000 people in jail who haven’t been convicted of anything–at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $38 million a day. These men and women sit in jail because they don’t have the money to get out. It’s time to change the system.

The ‘Deflection’ Surge: Key to Reducing Re-Arrests

Confronted with people clearly in need of treatment and social services, law enforcement officers need a way to respond, because they know they’ll see them again. A new approach gaining traction across the country offers “a public health approach to better public safety.”

Women Shortchanged by Justice Reforms: Report

Criminal justice reform has not helped women to the same extent that it has benefited men, says a study from the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College. Drawing from women’s experience at Rikers Island, the report argues that reform should be trauma-informed and gender-responsive to account for women’s unique needs.

OK House Votes To Overturn Drug Reform

In November, Oklahomans voted to downgrade virtually all drug possession cases into misdemeanors. The state House voted yesterday to reinstate felony-level charges for drug possession near schools. Supporters of the change said voters weren’t told the state proposition eliminated what they described as drug-free school zones.