What’s happening with bail in California?

What is bail? Bail is used throughout the United States in order to give the court confidence that defendants will appear in court. It is essentially a cash deposit made by the accused to make the court feel comfortable that they won’t skip their court dates. Bail has been a standard practice throughout the history…

What happens after an arrest?

Arrest Having a family member, friend, or loved one arrested and facing incarceration is a stressful and scary situation. It’s important to understand what comes next  and what you can do to get them out of jail as soon as possible. Immediately after a person has been arrested, they’ll be taken to a police station…

The Effects of Pretrial Imprisonment

Bail reform has been a major topic recently, with proponents arguing that financial resources should never determine whether someone awaits trial in or out of jail. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington offers a detailed review of how pretrial imprisonment affects defendants, both in terms of case outcomes and other negative impacts on…

Google and Facebook’s Misconceived Ban on Bail Bond Ads

Google’s director of global product policy announced the company’s decision to prohibit ads that promote bail bond services in a blog post on May 8th. Facebook made a similar claim later that same day, although the company is apparently still working out the details. These decisions come as part of the growing bail reform movement,…