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National Clearinghouse on Fines and Fees Launches

The Fines and Fees Justice Center (FFJC) launched the first-ever national database of information about fines and fees today, including a library of information about research, litigation, legislation, pilot projects, community voices, and media related to reform. This will be an incredible resource for policymakers, advocates, courts, and community organizations interested in fines and fees … Read More

Pew Finds Majority of Americans Support Expanded Pretrial Release

The latest national opinion poll conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts is a clear indication of the American public’s deep dissatisfaction with our current jail practices and appetite for bail reform. The findings illustrate that most Americans do not believe money bail makes communities safer. Rather, they believe that we should honor the bedrock principle … Read More

Jeremy Travis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Today the American Society of Criminology honored Jeremy Travis, LJAF’s Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, with the Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes “a leader in the advancement of experimental methodology, experimental research, or the use of experimental methods in the advancement of evidence-based policy.” Jeremy joins a distinguished group of past recipients, including Joan Petersilia, Friedrich … Read More

National Juvenile Defender Center releases assessment of Arizona Juvenile Defense System

Washington, D.C. — The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) recently released Arizona: Bringing Gault Home, An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel, a comprehensive examination of the systemic and institutional barriers preventing children from receiving high-quality legal representation and access to justice in Arizona. Since its release, Bringing Gault Home has already … Read More

Arnold Foundation supports new retirement savings program in California

CalSavers will launch in November The Laura and John Arnold Foundation today announced a $1.1 million grant to Small Business Majority and United Ways of California to support the launch of CalSavers, a retirement program created by the state to improve retirement security for private-sector workers and boost individual savings. CalSavers is an automatic-enrollment Individual … Read More