Moving Beyond Money: A Primer on Bail Reform
Criminal Justice Policy Program
Oct 28, 2016

“Moving Beyond Money helps to chart a path forward. It provides guidance on how to structure pretrial decision-making in a way that preserves the integrity of the judicial process and protects public safety while also ensuring fairness, transparency, and efficiency. It outlines some basic steps that jurisdictions can take to mitigate the harmful effects of money bail where it remains in place. It also provides substantial guidance on reform strategies for eliminating money bail altogether. It devotes significant attention to reforms based on “risk-based” approaches to bail, discussing in detail the policy and legal considerations surrounding pretrial supervision, actuarial risk assessment, and preventive detention. Rather than prescribe a uniform approach for all jurisdictions, it seeks to help stakeholders navigate some of the complex questions that arise in this area.”

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