KEY POINTS Because prosecutors are so powerful, it can be easy to assume that inequitable outcomes result from deliberate prosecutorial action, but that’s often not the case. The overwhelming majority of prosecutors – not just the so-called progressive or reform-minded ones – are trying to achieve just outcomes, they just don’t always have the information […]
Kristie Puckett Williams was being held on a $167,000 bond when she took a plea deal in order to deliver her twins out of state custody. Now she’s a Regional Field Organizer for the ACLU of NC’s Campaign for Smart Justice, advocating for bail reform. By Casey Toth He had been accused of misusing a relative’s […]
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.
U.S. jails handled more than 10 million admissions in 2016, many of which were for people who had not been convicted of a crime.1 Instead, they were held after arrest but before trial. Whether a person is sent to jail or released after an arrest is determined by a complex web of state laws; court rules; […]