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Pretrial Reform in California

By Heather Harris, Magnus Lofstrom

New PPIC research examines a proposed criminal justice reform that would end money bail and replace it with a new process of determining pretrial release.


Proposition 47’s Impact on Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice Outcomes

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin, Steven Raphael

Proposition 47, which reclassified a number of drug and property offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, has led to a marked decrease in racial disparities in arrests and bookings in California. But rates remain significantly higher for African Americans than for other groups.


Pretrial Risk Assessment in California

By Heather Harris, Justin Goss, Alexandria Gumbs

Pretrial risk assessment can help counties decide whether arrestees should stay in the community or be detained while their cases are pending. But counties may face challenges in ensuring their risk assessment systems promote accuracy and equity.

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Can Pretrial Decisions Be Improved?

By Heather Harris, Justin Goss

California is considering the end of cash bail, placing even greater importance on the use—and improvement—of pretrial risk assessment tools.

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Pretrial Risk and Cash Bail

By Justin Goss

Reforming the bail system could save funds and free up scarce jail beds—even while maintaining public safety.

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