PRESS RELEASE: Two Criminals Released On PR Bonds Murder Innocent Houston Man While Out Of Jail

Houston father and grandfather victim of crime after bail reform.

Harris County’s wrong-on-crime bail policies allow defendants to go free with little to no accountability Early this November, Hafeez Qureshi, a Houston-area father and grandfather, was working at a local food store when he was murdered by a group of four men amid a store robbery. According to records from the Harris County District Clerk’s … Read morePRESS RELEASE: Two Criminals Released On PR Bonds Murder Innocent Houston Man While Out Of Jail

PRESS RELEASE: Problems Arise As States Make Strides To Overhaul Bail

Kentucky bail reform is increasing failure to appear rates.

A study conducted about the State of Kentucky’s use of the risk assessment tool concludes the tool has not lived up to its promises The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities is today continuing their series of releases outlining knee-jerk, California/New Jersey-style bail reform efforts that have failed, been rolled back or repealed, or undermined the … Read morePRESS RELEASE: Problems Arise As States Make Strides To Overhaul Bail

PRESS RELEASE: 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knee-jerk, California/New Jersey-style bail reform efforts in other states that have failed, been rolled back or repealed, … Read morePRESS RELEASE: New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officials Raise the Alarm on Dangerous New Bail Reform Policies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launching a series of releases outlining bail reform efforts in other states that have failed, been rolled back or repealed, or undermined the criminal justice system in a way … Read morePRESS RELEASE: States Reversing Course On Dangerous Bail Policies As Problems Arise

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

New Jersey Bail Reform Failure

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 Dangerous for Texas

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