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Pretrial Justice:

Is it too much, too little, or just right? How are we defining success? Could we do this better? The only way to answer such questions is to gather more information about who is in our jails—why they are there, and for how long—and whether current pretrial practices produce the intended results: court appearance and public safety.

1 The Costs of the Money Bail System……..

2 The Costs of Posting Money Bond…………

3 The Costs of Mass Incarceration…………..

4 The Cost Savings of Change……………….

5 Conclusion……………………………..

6 In nearly every jurisdiction, for nearly every criminal offense, courts require people to pay money to be released from jail before their trial. In recent years, many—from local city councils to the White House

1 —have begun to question this practice, for both its inequities and its negative effect on public safety. But there is also the matter of financial costs. Money bond systems create unnecessarily high pretrial (and post-adjudication) incarceration rates that weigh down justice system budgets. Each day someone is in jail, the price of his or her food, medical care, and security (excluding fixed building expenses) may be conservatively estimated at $85 a day. Roughly 450,000 people are detained before trial on any given day at a daily cost to U.S. taxpayers of more than $38 million.

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 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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