Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice Practices – Policy Statement by the American Council of Chief Public Defenders

The American Council of Chief Defenders (National Legal Aid and Defender Association) June 4, 2011 – Executive Summary: Pretrial release practices throughout the country frequently result in the unjust, unnecessary, expensive, and prolonged detention of many individuals prior to trial. Our legal traditions urge us to reserve pretrial detention for only the most carefully limited circumstances, and all available evidence reflects the importance of doing so. Pretrial detention has harsh consequences, including the loss of jobs, homes, and family ties. Research has revealed that all other factors being equal, individuals who are detained prior to trial experience more severe ultimate outcomes. Just as importantly, the heavy reliance by many jurisdictions upon monetary bond as a pretrial release condition disproportionately affects the poor and minorities Continue reading: Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice Practices – Policy Statement by the American Council of Chief Public Defenders

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Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice Practices – Policy Statement by the American Council of Chief Public Defenders