The bail book : a comprehensive look at bail in America's criminal justice system / Shima Baradaran Baughman, University of Utah School of Law
- Baughman, Shima Baradaran
- Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
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- Physical Description:
- x, 319 pages ; 24 cm
- Introduction -- History of bail in america -- Bail as a constitutional right -- The bail process : how pretrial release operates and the types of release before trial -- Bail and prediction of crime -- Individual and societal costs of pretrial detention -- Race and bail in the criminal justice system -- Bail and the sixth amendment rights to counsel and jury trial -- International bail -- Money bail -- Optimal bail : using constitutional and empirical tools to reform America's bail system.
- Mass incarceration is one of the greatest social problems facing the United States today. America incarcerates a greater percentage of its population than any other country and is one of only two countries that requires arrested individuals to pay bail to be released from jail while awaiting trial. After arrest, the bail decision is the single most important cause of mass incarceration, yet this decision is often neglected since it is made in less than two minutes. Shima Baradaran Baughman draws on constitutional rights and new empirical research to show how we can reform bail in America. Tracing the history of bail, she demonstrates how it has become an oppressive tool of the courts that disadvantages minority and poor defendants and shows how we can reform bail to alleviate mass incarceration. By implementing these reforms, she argues, we can restore constitutional rights and release more defendants, while lowering crime rates.
- 9781107131361 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the James F. Robb Fund; 2017
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