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Resetting Bail—The Price of Justice in New York City

From "Resetting Bail—the Price of Justice in New York City"
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

New York City is taking a hard look at our bail system at a time when there is new energy for reform: in the last year, bail has been taken up in late-night comedy sketches from John Oliver, impassioned speeches by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a dedicated reality TV show on bail bondsmen in New York City, and in-depth investigative reporting by the news and other media.

Join the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the Vera Institute of Justice in an engaging discussion about the way our City’s bail system works, strategies for making it more fair and effective, and the pioneering practices already in place to inspire enduring change.

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New Mexico’s Practice of Arresting and Incarcerating People for Nonpayment of Court Debt

New Mexico is one of several states where nonpayment of court-ordered fines and fees is punishable by arrest through bench warrants. Prior research has estimated that 60 to 70 percent of New Mexicans miss payments, are issued a summons, and are subsequently issued bench warrants, which sometimes result in incarceration, even though the average paym ...

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