Tarrah Callahan, from Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform, discusses jail overcrowding in Haywood counties. Anita Brown-Graham hosts. Generous support for this series is provided by UNC-School of Government.
By Megan Hadley: African-American voters want change at the front door—or the pretrial stage—of the criminal justice system, according to a new report by the Pretrial Justice Institute. The report noted that African Americans are disproportionately penalized by detention decisions that are based on wealth instead of safety, and, they are more likely to be required […]
The right to be free from excessive bail is enshrined in the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, yet this fundamental protection has failed to prevent the pretrial detention of hundreds of thousands of people every year who are unable to afford bail. Others can secure temporary freedom but only at exorbitant cost to themselves, family, […]
Jessie Smith, a lawyer and Distinguished Professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government, spoke to the NC Courts Commission on September 7th about the legal and societal implications of an ineffective pretrial justice system in North Carolina and all over the country. Pretrial refers to the time between a defendant’s arrest and their trial. During […]