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How a North Carolina County Became a ‘Laboratory’ for Bail Reform

In 2014, North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County defied skeptics by adopting a pretrial risk assessment tool aimed at reducing the number of people in jail awaiting trial because they could not afford money bail. Other states should take note, write two reform advocates.

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Reinventing Justice: Case Studies in New Thinking

Can local justice systems prevent people who shouldn’t be detained from ending up behind bars? Sometimes all it takes is smarter communications, according to a study of an electronic alert system devised by Durham County authorities in North Carolina—one of six case studies released by the Urban Institute on promising reforms underway around the U.S.

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As Federal Bail Reform Stalls, States and Cities Act

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced legislation that would end money bail on the federal level and incentivize states to do the same. Federal bail reform seems likely to stall; meanwhile, Robin Steinberg of the Bronx Defenders has set up a national bail project to help poor clients win pretrial release.

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