Salt Lake Community Bail Fund

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We talked about the Salt Lake Community Bail Fund on KRCL 90.9 -- RadioActive on September 16, 2020.

RadioActive · Septemver 16, 2020

Bail FAQ

What is bail?

Bail is a monetary payment made to secure your appearance in court. Upon payment of bail, you are released from pretrial detention. On your appearance in court, your bail money is returned to you.

Is bail effective?

No. Bail is supposed to...

Increase court appearance rates
Use the least number of jail beds
Reduce harm to the community
Is annual income considered when bail is determined?
Have jail inmates been convicted of a crime?
How does pretrial detention impact an individual's outcome in the larger criminal justice system?
How much does pretrial detention cost taxpayers?
How does pretrial detention impact our community members?
How are black, indigenous, and people of color impacted by bail?
How are women impacted by bail?
How are transgender, gender non-conforming, or LGBTQI+ individuals impacted by bail?

  1. The 'Failure to Appear' Fallacy (The Appeal, 2019)
  2. Christopher Lowenkamp, Marie Van Nostrand, and Alexander Holsinger, The Hidden Costs of Pretrial Detention (Houston, TX: Laura and John Arnold Foundation, 2013)
  3. Michael R. Jones, Unsecured Bonds: The As Effective and Most Efficient Pretrial Release Option (Rockville, MD: Pretrial Justice Institute, 2013)
  4. Paul Heaton, Sandra G. Mayson, and Megan Stevenson, The Downstream Consequences of Misdemeanor Pretrial Detention, Stanford Law Review 69, no. 3 (2017), 711-94
  5. Utah House Bill 206
  6. Megan Stevenson, Distortion of Justice: How the Inability to Pay Bail Affects Case Outcomes , Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 34, no. 4 (2018), 511-42
  7. New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA), Annual Report 2015 (New York: CJA, 2016)
  8. Retrieved 2020-09-04 from Salt Lake County Jail Dashboard
  9. American Bar Association (ABA), ABA Standards for Criminal Justice, Third Edition: Pretrial Release (Washington, DC: ABA, 2007)
  10. Dobbie, Goldin, and Yang, The Effects of Pretrial Detention American Economic Review, 108(2), (2018), 201-240
  11. Lowenkamp, VanNostrand, and Holsinger, Investigating the Impact of Pretrial Detention on Sentencing Outcomes (2013), 10
  12. National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC)
  13. Salt Lake County 2020 Adjusted Budget
  14. Pretrial Release of Felony Defendants in State Courts (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2004)
  15. Arnold, Dobbie, and Yang, Racial Bias in Bail Decisions (2018), 1906
  16. Elizabeth Swavola, Kristine Riley, and Ram Subramanian, Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform (New York: Vera Institute of Justice, 2016), 29
  17. Doris J. James, Profile of Jail Inmates (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2004)
  18. Bernadette Rabuy and Daniel Kopf, Detaining the Poor: How Money Bail Perpetuates an Endless Cycle of Poverty and Jail Time (Northampton, MA: Prison Policy Initiative, 2016), 2
  19. Saneta deVuono-powell, Chris Schweidler, Alicia Walters, and Azadeh Zohrabi, Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families (Oakland, CA: Ella Baker Center, Forward Together, and Research Action Design, 2015), 9
  20. Leslie and Pope, The Unintended Impact of Pretrial Detention (2017), 530