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Study looks at pretrial release mechanisms in Dallas County, Texas
PBUS via University of Texas at Dallas
A recently released study prepared by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas on behalf of the Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board addresses a number of issues that underlie pretrial release from jail, specific to various mechanisms of release, including attorney bonds, cash bonds, commercial bonds and pretrial services bonds. Data was culled from records collected by the Dallas County criminal justice system as well as from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Read the report here. PBUS also has prepared a look at some fast facts regarding commercial bail.
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Register now for the 2013 PBUS Winter Conference
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Charred human remains found in burned cabin occupied by former LA officer
ABC News
Investigators have located charred human remains in the burned-out cabin where they believe suspected cop killer and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was holed up as the structure burned to the ground, police said. The human remains were found within the debris of the burned cabin and identification will be attempted through forensic means, the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department said in a news release. Dorner barricaded himself in the cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear after engaging in a gunfight with police, killing one officer and injuring another, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.
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Chief judges group calls for changes in how courts determine bail
The Blog of Legal Times
The Conference of Chief Judges has adopted a resolution that calls for states to overhaul the way their court systems make bail determinations for pretrial defendants. Instead of simply relying on a bond schedule, judges reviewing new arrests should use an evidence-based assessment of whether the defendant will be a danger to the community and likely would show up at court dates, the resolution states.
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Acting assistant attorney general for Office of Justice Programs addresses crime symposium
U.S. Department of Justice
Mary Lou Leary, acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, spoke to attendees of the 8th Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, held Feb. 5 in New York. Click here to read what she had to say.
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US Bureau of Prisons to review solitary confinement
Reuters
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to a comprehensive review of the use of solitary confinement in its prisons, including the fiscal and public safety consequences of the controversial practice, said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. A spokesman from the bureau confirmed that the National Institute of Corrections plans to retain an independent auditor "in the weeks ahead" to examine the use of solitary confinement, which also is known as restrictive housing.
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Re-entry facts shed light on several issues
National Reentry Resource Center
The mission of the National Reentry Resource Center is to advance the re-entry field through knowledge transfer and dissemination and to promote evidence-based best practices. For an informative list of facts regarding re-entry, click here.
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Governors balance pardons with politics
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe recently announced his intent to pardon Herman T. Warren, who had been convicted of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia in 2003. Warren had completed his sentence, two years on probation, and paid all the fines associated with his conviction. Pardons like this one are common in Arkansas. In his six-year tenure, Beebe, a Democrat, has pardoned 529 individuals, usually issuing a few pardons each month to minor drug offenders convicted more than 10 years ago. But Beebe's pardoning practices increasingly are rare among governors, who fear political backlash if a pardoned criminal should re-offend.
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When crime pays: Prison can teach some to be better criminals
NPR
In popular lore — movies, books and blogs — criminals who go to prison don't come out reformed. They come out worse. Scientists who have attempted to empirically analyze this theory have reached mixed conclusions, with analyses suggesting that activities like drug addiction or gangs are what determines whether the correctional system actually gets criminals to correct their ways. What else could be at work?
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US federal prison population soars
PressTV
The number of federal prisoners in the United States has ballooned from 25,000 inmates in 1980 to 219,000, according to a new Congressional Research report. That's a jump of almost 790 percent. Think Progress notes that the report blames a sharp increase of "draconian mandatory minimum sentences, the elimination of parole for any federal crime committed after 1987, and increasing enforcement by federal officials." Since 1980, the number of inmates in federal prison annually skyrocketed by about 6,100.
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NIJ accepting proposals to conduct research on desistance from crime
U.S. Department of Justice
The National Institute of Justice is seeking applications for funding to conduct research that enhances knowledge of the process of desistance from crime. This program furthers the department's mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
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