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Christie To Legislators: Get Off The Beach, Let's Reform Bail

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WAMU

Gov. Chris Christie is calling the New Jersey Legislature back from summer vacation today to vote on an overhaul of the state's bail system.

Christie is pushing two measures for a vote this afternoon: The first would put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in November, allowing voters to decide whether judges ...

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WNYC News

Bailing Out Those Who Can't Make Bail

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thousands of New Yorkers get stuck behind bars for weeks, even months, because they can’t make bail of a few hundred dollars. A public defender’s office in the city came up with a novel solution.

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New Jersey News

Christie and McGreevey: Unlikely Gubernatorial BFFs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once upon a time, the U.S. Attorney in Newark was investigating the governor in Trenton for corruption. Today, that U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie, is now a governor under investigation himself by a different U.S. Attorney, and he has formed an unlikely friendship with Jim McGreevey, the former governor he once ...

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WNYC News

No Bail Money Keeps Poor People Behind Bars

Thursday, September 19, 2013

WNYC

Every day three quarters of the people sitting in a New York City jail are waiting for trial. Most are there for one simple reason: they are too poor to make bail.

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WNYC News

Bondsmen Pan Bail Overhaul Plan

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

“The professional bail bondsman brings important benefits for society. Changing the effective system of the status quo would be not only a mistake but catastrophic.”

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WNYC News

Bail System Needs Overhaul: NY's Top Judge

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Chief Judge Jonathon Lippman is calling for a major overhaul of New York’s bail statutes, which he calls unfair.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Charities Posting Bail

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Robin G. Steinberg, executive director of The Bronx Defenders, discusses the Bronx Freedom Fund, a program that helps Bronx residents pay bail and avoid time in jail when they can't afford it, and the new New York State law that allows charities to do this.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bailing on Bail

Friday, December 03, 2010

Jamie Fellner, Senior Counsel at Human Rights Watch's US Program, talks about her new report "The Price of Freedom" on the iniquities in the city's bail system.

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WNYC News

Report Finds Bail Set Too High for Minor Offenses

Friday, December 03, 2010

A new report finds that while each year tens of thousands of people arrested for minor offenses are released pending a trial or some other outcome, a substantial number that can’t afford bail and end up in Rikers Island for things like shoplifting, smoking marijuana or getting in fights. According to one attorney, whether or not a defendant is released on bail is “the single most important factor about how a case is going to get resolved."

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