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Commercial bail identified as an evidenced-based practice
In a recent letter to the Governor of California, the Little Hoover Commission reports its findings from a year long study on California's criminal justice system. The letter says, "Bail is among the oldest of 'evidenced-based' tools to ensure the defendant's presence at trial. It is vital to public safety and the integrity of the criminal justice system."
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Wisconsin bail bondsmen would be allowed in Racine County
The Associated Press via The Journal Times
Wisconsin's Legislature budget committee has approved creating a private, commercial bail bond system in five counties in Wisconsin before it would expand statewide after five years. The provision would initially allow private bail bonds in Dane, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha counties.
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Commentary: Alternatives to incarceration
Local lockups, county jails, state prisons and federal correctional institutions are filled and overflowing across the United States. The cost of housing all of the offenders is staggering, especially in this time when many needed social programs for the poor and those with disabilities are struggling to find funds to provide services.
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  Dog and Beth on CMT

The world’s most famous bounty hunters are back! Dog and Beth Chapman, joined by their son Leland, unite with bail bondsmen from around the country as they hunt for America’s most dangerous criminals. Catch an all new episode of Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, Sunday at 8/7c on CMT.

Officer charged in drug, tax scheme granted pretrial release
The Baltimore Sun
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher allowed Baltimore police officer Ashley Roane, 25, pre-trial release with conditions. She faces charges of attempted possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, aggravated identity theft and identity theft.
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Little Hoover Commission spotlights California jail overcrowding
Sierra Sun Times
A Little Hoover Commission review of county jail finds that county sheriffs, not judges, increasingly are making bail and sentencing decisions. Done as a means to manage to jail overcrowding, this trend threatens to weaken local judicial authority, undermine public confidence in the judicial system, and raises serious questions regarding due process and the separation of powers.
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Adjustments necessary for the aging inmates of Nebraska
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
In recent decades, the percentage of U.S. inmates aged 50 or older has doubled from 4 percent to 8 percent. Many believe that the nation's tougher stance on crime in the past 30 years is the source of the increase. Whatever the cause may be, the fact remains that the older an inmate gets, the more care they require — and the Nebraska prison system is rolling out new initiatives to keep pace with these changes.
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Georgia transforming status offense system to help children, families
VERA Institute of Justice
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law HB 242 — a complete rewrite of the state's juvenile code. The revisions, which emerged from a multi-year reform process and were passed unanimously in the state House and Senate, represent a fundamental shift in the philosophy that underpins the state's juvenile justice system.
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