New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officials Raise the Alarm on Dangerous New Bail Reform Policies

New Hampshire Law Enforcement question bail reform

New Hampshire is yet another example of a state witnessing the devastating effects of California/New Jersey-style bail reform and taking action to stop it The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities is today continuing their series of releases outlining knee-jerk, California/New Jersey-style bail reform efforts in other states that have failed, been rolled back or repealed, … Read moreNew Hampshire Law Enforcement Officials Raise the Alarm on Dangerous New Bail Reform Policies

PRESS RELEASE: States Reversing Course On Dangerous Bail Policies As Problems Arise

Texas

States across the country are witnessing the devastating effects of bail reform and taking action to stop it. The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities is today launching a series of releases outlining bail reform efforts in other states that have failed, been rolled back or repealed, or undermined the criminal justice system in a way … Read morePRESS RELEASE: States Reversing Course On Dangerous Bail Policies As Problems Arise

PRESS RELEASE: TASC Issues Statement Following Governor Abbott’s Unveiling of New Bail Policies in Texas

Governor Abbott’s Unveiling of New Bail Policies in Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott today held a press conference in Waco, Texas to unveil new proposals that will impact the bail system in the State of Texas. Governor Abbott’s proposed policies follow the murder of Texas State Trooper Damon Charles Allen, who was killed during a routine traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day in 2017 by … Read morePRESS RELEASE: TASC Issues Statement Following Governor Abbott’s Unveiling of New Bail Policies in Texas

New Jersey Bail Reform Releases Man Who Kills Baby The Very Next Day

Ronald Rebernik

Tragedies from the passage of New Jersey bail reform laws have never been more heartbreaking than what happened this month when Ronald Rebernik was released on his own personal recognizance under the NJ Bail Reform Act from a drug charge one day and killed a 1 year-old baby while driving drunk the next. New Jersey … Read moreNew Jersey Bail Reform Releases Man Who Kills Baby The Very Next Day

Aggravated Robbery is a Get Out of Jail Free Card in Travis County

Aggravated Robbery is a Get Out of Jail Free Card in Travis County

The debate about justice reform centers around whether or not someone who is poor should be required to pay a surety bond to get out of jail free while awaiting trial. The argument is that the person’s ability to post a bond should not depend on their ability to afford a bail bond. The so-called … Read moreAggravated Robbery is a Get Out of Jail Free Card in Travis County

PRESS RELEASE: Risk Assessment Tools: All Risk, Little Reward

Risk assessment tools: all risk, little reward

As more states adopt risk assessment tools to gauge risk and recidivism, questions about efficacy, ethics and racial bias continue to rise The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities today issued the following press release outlining the growing concerns surrounding the use of risk assessment tools in determining the fate of criminal defendants. Risk assessment tools are computer … Read morePRESS RELEASE: Risk Assessment Tools: All Risk, Little Reward

5 Reasons Why Bail Reform Risk Assessment Tools Are Dangerous to Democracy

Risk assessment tools are too risky for bail reform.

Criminal justice risk assessment tools are algorithms designed to recommend mandatory release of a defendant who scores as a low risk for flight or criminal activity. In states that have implemented the tool in the last few years, the algorithm has forced judges to release dangerous people back on the streets. Robert Werth of Houston’s … Read more5 Reasons Why Bail Reform Risk Assessment Tools Are Dangerous to Democracy

Alaska Ends “Catch and Release” Bail Reform After It Creates Public Safety Crisis

Catch and release bail reforms fail

After only a few months of bail reform, several sponsors of Alaska’s “catch and release” bill, SB 91, moved to roll back it’s most controversial feature: a mandatory computer-generated algorithm that chooses who must be released without cash bail before trial. The mandatory system relied on 6 data points to determine if a person was … Read moreAlaska Ends “Catch and Release” Bail Reform After It Creates Public Safety Crisis

Bail Reform Rejected by 69% of Judges in Recent Survey

Bail Reform Rejected by 69% of Judges

The National Judicial College recently surveyed their members with the following question: “Should the money-based bail system be abolished?” More than 800 judges responded and 69% said NO. Bail reform rejected by judges is no surprise. Judges understand better than anyone that the bail system puts public safety first. Why is bail reform rejected by judges?  … Read moreBail Reform Rejected by 69% of Judges in Recent Survey

Victim of Domestic Violence Begs Elected Officials to Protect Texas Families

Domestic Violence in Texas

Dear Elected Official,  I am writing today because I am a victim of domestic violence, and I have concerns on how and why my attacker was released from jail so quickly and easily. In September 2017, my then boyfriend, Robert Wayne Hill, began attacking me after a phone call he had been on. He hung … Read moreVictim of Domestic Violence Begs Elected Officials to Protect Texas Families