How the third generation of bail reform imploded
Thirty-four years after the passage of the Federal Bail Reform Act of 1984, we have finally seen the implosion of the risk-based bail system after a series of noteworthy developments that effectively killed this misguided attempt at justice. 2018 marked the beginning of the end of the so-called "third generation of bail," a name given by reformers who attempted to co-opt the constitutionally guaranteed right to bail with a system that was neither fair nor viable.
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