Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

No-Money Bail Movement Fails To Deliver on Promises

December 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Jeffrey J. Clayton

As we have watched the no-money bail movement continue to sling false narratives, the undeniable truth has emerged that the actual no-money bail system is too expensive. The price tag is too high for state and local governments, while the defendants we are supposedly trying to protect are finding the costs equally excessive in terms of their rights, which they are being asked to surrender.

While it is often posited that we need to move more toward the current federal bail system, we should keep in mind that only a generation ago Justice Thurgood Marshall would have held the federal...

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