July 31, 2018 – American Bail Coalition
As bail reform groups such as the Pretrial Justice Institute continue to push the expansion of pretrial risk assessments across the country, national groups are going in the exact opposite direction, rejecting the fundamental element of the 3rd generation of bail reform – that using pretrial risk assessments will fix the bail system.
In a stunning rebuke, over 100 national groups, including the ACLU, NAACP, Black Lives Matter and Color of Change issued a joint statement yesterday calling for the elimination of pretrial risk assessments.
Press Release: More than 100 Civil Rights, Digital Justice, and Community-Based Organizations Raise Concerns About Pretrial Risk Assessment
This is a major blow to many states looking to adopt risk assessment tools and represents a generational shift in thinking.
The rejection also hits the judiciary in many states who often recommend a system of preventative detention based on …. that’s right, the results of a pretrial risk assessment. READ MORE