Symposium on Reducing the Jail Population

Public Welfare Foundation grantee Pretrial Justice Institute recently co-hosted a symposium with the U.S. Department of Justice about reducing the number of poor people held in jail awaiting trial simply because they cannot afford to pay bail to be released. A large number of the jail population in the U.S. are individuals simply waiting for trial for petty or non-violent crimes.  These inmates can be supervised outside of jail with no danger to the community.

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke on this issue at the event: “Almost all of these individuals could be released and supervised in their communities – and allowed to pursue or maintain employment, and participate in educational opportunities and their normal family lives – without risk of endangering their fellow citizens or fleeing from justice.”

For more information please visit the Pretrial Justice Institute or read recent articles on the topic here and here.


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