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NIC Guides Connecticut Sentencing Commission On Bail Reform
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028360As part of National Institute of Corrections' technical assistance program,Tim Schnake recently presented to the Connecticut Sentencing Commission on the fundamentals of bail and bail reform. This presentation focused on the key practices outlined in the NIC publication, Fundamentals of Bail: A Resource Guide for Pretrial Practitioners and a Framework for American Pretrial Reform.

Included in the presentation is an address by Governor Malloy of Connecticut outlining his desire for pretrial reform, current limited legislative proposals on bail reform, and his request for a comprehensive study of the Connecticut bail system. As the Governor states, “The study that I have asked this commission to do is a complete review of our pretrial laws and practices with a view towards recommendations of comprehensive reform. That reform will potentially result in high risk, violent defendants remaining in jail at pretrial in order to protect the public and would drastically reduce the number of low risk, non-violent defendants being locked up for weeks or months while the court decides how to resolve their cases. Your work on this topic will be so important and so timely because we know that too many Connecticut residents are sitting in jail pretrial because they cannot come up with as little as $2000 or less in cash.”

Watch the full presentation

For additional NIC resources on Pretrial

*Tim Schnake is a member of NIC’s technical assistance team on bail reform.




Posted Mon, Apr 4 2016 11:00 AM by Susan Powell

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