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Judge Wants to Overhaul New York’s Bail System

Pix 11 discusses New York State Chief Judge Lippman's urge for bail reform in New York and how Brooklyn Justice Initatives is helping by offering supervised release in lieu of hefty bail fees.  

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Brooklyn's New Approach to Youth Crimes

The Wall Street Journal reports on the launch of the Brooklyn Young Adult Court, a project of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office and the Center for Court Innovation's Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, that offers diversion opportunities and alternatives to incarceration to young adults charged with misdemeanors.  (Subscription required)

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Reducing Jail and Protecting Victims: A Roundtable on Pretrial Supervised Release

Reducing Jail and Protecting Victims: A Roundtable on Pretrial Supervised Release

By Julian Adler and Katie Crank

In January 2016, jail reduction and victim advocates discussed strategies for including the voices of survivors of crime in implementing pretrial supervised release programs. This document highlights the far-reaching and complicated discussion. The facilitated roundtable was convened by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Center for Court Innovation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative to reduce mass incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

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An Experiment in Bail Reform: Examining the Impact of the Brooklyn Supervised Release Program

An Experiment in Bail Reform: Examining the Impact of the Brooklyn Supervised Release Program

By Josephine W. Hahn

This report presents findings from a study examining the impact of the Brooklyn Supervised Release Program, which engages misdemeanants who cannot afford relatively low bail amounts. When compared to a matched sample arraigned in the year before program launch, Supervised Release participants were significantly more likely to be released; spent fewer days in detention and were significantly less likely to receive a criminal conviction or jail sentence. Qualitative findings showed that participants held positive views of the Supervised Release staff and program model.

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The Short Answer: How Does the Supervised Release Program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives Fit Into the Court System's Bail Reform Efforts?

The Short Answer: How Does the Supervised Release Program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives Fit Into the Court System's Bail Reform Efforts?

New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks responds to the question: How does the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives fit into the court system's bail reform efforts?

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