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There is no constitutional right to cash money bail, 3rd Circuit rules

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the constitutionality of a New Jersey law that mostly ended the use of monetary bail. The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law i... read more

U.S. Third Circuit Decides in Favor of New Jersey Criminal-Justice Reform

A federal appellate panel on Monday rejected a lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s 18-month-old criminal-justice reform that all but eliminated money bail. It ruled there is no constitutional right for . ... read more

Maryland judges, commissioners shifting away from cash bail as reform debate continues

With unsecured bonds, defendants put no money down but agree to pay the full amount if they fail to show up for court. The Court of Appeals rule change leaves cash bail ... right thing," but the court ... read more

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No Right to Earn a Living Via Prostitution, Says Federal Court

During oral arguments last October, judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit seemed somewhat sympathetic ... of prostitution because prostitution is illegal and "there is no constitut... read more

The Daily 202: Playing ‘catch-up,’ progressive groups to spend $10 million on digital ads for state legislative races

An Education Department analysis found that Betsy DeVos's push to loosen rules requiring schools to seriously investigate allegations of sexual misconduct will lead to fewer investigations and save mo... read more

Cash bail under fire as discriminatory while poor inmates languish in jail

advocates filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that criminal court judges routinely set cash bail at unaffordable levels, depriving arrestees of their constituti... read more

Here's Why You Have No Idea Who the Judges Are on Your New York Primary Ballot

And they’re not allowed to directly raise money. There’s no perfect ... rid of cash bail, but electing who presides over these courtrooms is a huge part of that. That’s exactly right. read more

How your local jail became hell: An investigation

Between 1992 and 2009, average felony bail amounts increased from $38,800 to $55,400, adjusted for inflation. Today, money is what matters ... people are being ignored...there's no reason for it," he ... read more

Bailing Out on a Just Solution

Again, there’s a strong conservative case for such reforms. The Right on Crime project, backed by many conservative luminaries, recognizes that throwing money ... Maryland’s bail-reform experiment has ... read more

Pennsylvania's bail system keeps poor people in jail

Murphy Jr. spent 42 days in Northampton County Jail on misdemeanor charges because he couldn’t come up with $800 in bail money ... a challenge when the Third Circuit ruled July 9 that there is no fede... read more

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Is Due Next Week, With 3 Conservatives Still in the Running

There is immense suspense ... another justice who hails from the 3rd Circuit: Justice Samuel Alito. Pryor has long been a lightning rod for liberal criticism thanks to his outspoken hostility to the c... read more

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