Bail Reform News Archive

  • Spock vs Kirk: The Battle Over NY Bail Reform

    The Crime Report

    Comparing it to the eternal debate between Spock and Captain Kirk on Star Trek, our director Greg Berman
    writes about the public debate around New York’s bail reform law and how—and when—to judge the success of this new law. 

  • New York Bail Reform's Effect on Crime

    City & State New York

    In an article looking at crime rates in New York City in the immediate aftermath of New York State's bail reform, our director of jail reform, Michael Rempel, points to the potentially crime-producing effects of pretrial detention itself, arguing that, in the long run, such detention can make the public less, not more, safe.

  • Supervised Release Program Expands as an Alternative to Jail, Bail, or Release

    City and State New York

    The scope of New York City’s supervised release program has broadened under the recently enacted bail reform law in New York. “We’ve been in a major hiring push in order to engage the kinds of social workers that we need to deal with this,” said Greg Berman, the outgoing head of the Center for Court Innovation, which runs supervised release programs in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. 

  • New Laws Taking Effect January 1

    The New York Times

    The New York Times highlights laws across the country going into effect on January 1, 2020, including New York's criminal justice reform. "New York will become the latest state to eliminate cash bail for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, which could see more than 40 percent of inmates released from pretrial detention," citing our bail reform analysis

  • In the New Year, Cash Bail Abolished in New York

    The New York Times

    What will bail reform in New York on January 1 look like? “Estimates of what’s going to happen have ranged...There are still a lot of unknowns,” says our director Greg Berman in the New York Times.

  • What New Laws Are Coming To New York In 2020


    In an overview of the laws going into effect in New York in 2020, this article highlights changes to cash bail and discovery reform and references our research and analysis on the potential implications, including an estimate that the pretrial jail population may be reduced by 2,100 people in New York City.

  • What is the Price of Justice Initiative? A Q&A

    This Q&A with Yolaine Menyard and Chidinma Ume provides an overview of the Price of Justice Initiative, which the Center for Court Innovation has been helping to implement with the support of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.
  • The Next Battleground in the Fight to Close Rikers

    Gotham Gazette

    Legislation like the recent New York State justice reforms is a powerful tool, but it's no magic bullet. As former New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and our director, Greg Berman, argue, lasting change also requires the slow grind of transforming practice and culture.