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Criminal Justice

The Square One Project unites researchers, policymakers, practitioners to conceptualize a new criminal justice paradigm

Washington, D.C. – The Square One Project, a three-year initiative to rethink justice policies from top to bottom, launched today at D.C.’s National Press Club. Square One brings together a diverse cross-section of academics, policymakers, and community organizers to re-examine traditional responses to crime and envision a new paradigm that can address systemic inequalities such … Read More

Listen: Jeremy Travis on Why America’s Bail System is Broken

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Statement by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in Response to Senate Bill 10

We applaud Senate Bill 10 for eliminating money bail, requiring the use of risk assessment, and mandating release for low-risk defendants, but we share concerns that recent changes to the bill give prosecutors and judges so much latitude in seeking preventive detention that it might lead to unnecessary and unjust pretrial detention. SB10 offers an … Read More

Courts in most states charge juveniles to exist inside the justice system. This movement wants to change that.

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States Charge Juveniles Substantial Fees for Access to Court-appointed Attorneys, Study Finds

Washington, D.C. – A new report from Juvenile Law Center shows 40 states have laws that permit or require courts to charge young people for “free” court-appointed attorneys, including public defenders. The study, which was funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), reveals these fees for using a court-appointed attorney are often steep. … Read More