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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has partnered with Tim Schnacke from the Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices toFundamentals of Bail produce a new publication titled, Fundamentals of Bail: A Resource Guide for Pretrial Practitioners and a Framework for American Pretrial Reform, part of a series of papers dealing with acute criminal pretrial issues. This paper, which summarizes (1) why America needs pretrial justice, (2) the history of bail, (3) the legal foundations of the pretrial phase of a criminal case, (4) the pretrial research, (5) the national standards, and (6) terms and phrases used at bail, is unique in the field and is designed to provide anyone interested in pretrial justice (from criminal justice line-staff to governors, legislators, and justices on the supreme court) a broad overview of the issues facing America in this generation of bail reform as well as rational solutions to those issues so that this generation will potentially be America’s last.

Like the title says, the document is a resource guide, providing summaries based on comprehensive sources and resources that pretrial practitioners can quickly access to tackle discreet issues. But it is also a new framework – a unique but historically accurate way to view both “bail” and “no bail” in America so as to guide states hoping to make pretrial improvements. The document comes at a pivotal time in the American pretrial justice movement, and it contains foundational background information currently contained in no other pretrial resource.

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Posted Wed, Nov 5 2014 11:47 AM by Susan Powell

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