Why Has It Taken a Decade For AL Death Penalty Trial?

Kharon Davis was 22 when he was charged with capital murder and jailed in Alabama. Ten years later, he is still there, awaiting a trial that began Monday. He has had two judges, four teams of lawyers and nine trial dates, the first of which was in 2008. It defies any understanding of the right to a speedy trial, says the New York Times.

Can Alternatives to Money Bail Work?

A New York City experiment that used partially secured and unsecured bonds suggests that these are viable alternatives to a system that puts thousands of individuals behind bars awaiting trial because they can’t afford to make bail, according to report released September 15 by the Vera Institute of Justice.