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Algorithm-dictated Freedom? Vet California’s New Pretrial Risk Assessment Tool

by Virginia Griese

An individual’s liberty may soon be in the hands of technology. 

Pretrial risk-assessment algorithms will replace the cash bail system in California, thanks to S.B. 10, the new bail reform law signed by Governor Jerry Brown effective in October 2019. 

Pretrial risk assessment assigns a ...

New York Mass Bail Out Action Targets Bail System Manipulation

by Virginia Griese

Throughout October, more than 105 women and teens incarcerated at Rikers Island and juvenile facilities had their bail paid by hundreds of volunteers and walked to freedom. 

The Mass Bail Out Action (“MBOA”), organized by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and other grassroots groups, tried to post ...

Campus Cops on Municipal Streets Raises Transparency and Accountability Concerns

by Virginia Griese

The use of private, gun-carrying university campus police is raising concerns about the accountability and transparency of these forces.

“No Justice/ No Peace/ No Private Police” was the chant that protesters used at the Maryland General Assembly in spring 2018 when Johns Hopkins University announced its support ...

Louisiana Ends Jim Crow-era Law: Unanimous Jury Requirement Now in Constitution

by Virginia Griese

The new year brings an end to an archaic Jim Crow-era law in Louisiana that allowed split juries in criminal cases. Felony convictions or acquittals in the state now require unanimous jury decisions, thanks to voters in Louisiana approving constitutional Amendment 2.

Before the November 6, 2018 ...



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