Rikers Island Is an Endless Catastrophe

The mayor promised to close the jail years ago, but the situation there is as desperate as it’s ever been.

#bail, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Crowded N.Y.C. Jails Stoke Covid Fears: ‘It’s a Ticking Time Bomb’

New York City released hundreds of people as the pandemic raged. Now jails are full again, and an increase in infections could spread the virus beyond their walls.

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Criminal Justice Is a State Issue

State power is the path to racial equality and liberation.

#bail, #black-people, #brookings-institution, #capital-punishment, #crime-and-criminals, #death-penalty-information-center, #illinois, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #virginia, #whites

The Presumption of Freedom

How Merrick Garland can bring bail reform to the federal justice system.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bail, #criminal-justice, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate

Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that he said would end a system that disproportionately hurts the poor and favors wealthier defendants.

#bail, #crime-and-criminals, #illinois, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pritzker-j-b

What the Pandemic Revealed About ‘Progressive’ Prosecutors

At a time when radical change is needed most, too many have not been the heroes some hoped they would be.

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Julian Assange Is Denied Bail by U.K. Judge

The decision came two days after the judge blocked the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder to the United States, citing risks of suicide.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Calls Jail Oppressive. Prosecutors Say She Has It Easy.

Ms. Maxwell, a longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, has asked to be released on $28.5 million bond as she awaits trial on federal charges.

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U.S. Attorney Moves In on Brooklyn D.A.’s Territory, Citing Crime Surge

Federal prosecutors will take more lower-level gun cases, in an initiative that thrusts the borough into the national debate about law enforcement.

#bail, #crime-and-criminals, #ducharme-seth-d, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gun-control, #police-department-nyc

The Power of Community Bail Funds

Efforts to keep lives from being ruined by exorbitant bail are the true public safety threats.

#bail, #black-people, #boston-globe, #george-floyd-protests-2020

The Mayor Blames the Virus for Shootings. Here’s What Crime Data Shows.

Mr. de Blasio has pointed to court delays and bail reform to explain the surge in gun violence. But the N.Y.P.D.’s own numbers tell a different story.

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Bail Funds, Flush With Cash, Learn to ‘Grind Through This Horrible Process’

Donors have given more than $90 million to help buy the freedom of those awaiting trial behind bars.

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Protests Spur Surge in Donations, Giving ActBlue Its Biggest Day of the Year

With money flowing to candidates, bail funds and charities, the Democrats’ online donor platform processed over $40 million between Friday and Sunday, a sign of strength for the party.

#actblue, #bail, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #philanthropy

Save a Life From Coronavirus: Bail Someone Out of Jail Today

Covid-19 is an unfolding catastrophe in America’s houses of detention.

#bail, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deaths-fatalities, #immigration-detention, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #united-states, #vera-institute-of-justice