I want to take this occasion to announce that my students and I are researching bail and pretrial release as part of a criminal law and policy class, working in partnership with some local policymakers, and that we will be posting our research and policy prescriptions on the class blog. I have just published a post that suggests that the commercial bail policy question has, thusfar, been focused unduly on the rates at which defendants fail to appear in court under various release conditions (own-recognizance release (OR), commercial bail bonds, cash deposit bonds, etc.). I propose, instead, that at least part of the analysis focus on the public safety implications of various forms of release, measured by re-arrest rates. Data from Santa Clara County that we have obtained shows that defendants released on bail bonds are rearrested at roughly ten times the rate as those released on OR or supervised OR. Read the full analysis on the blogâ€”and, while youâ€™re at it, check out some of my studentsâ€™ projects!
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