Each night, more than 6 in 10 individuals sitting in local jails are presumptively innocent. They are fathers, mothers, children and loved ones who have not been convicted, but are simply awaiting their day in court. And, in too many cases, they are there simply because they could not pay a fixed sum of money. At Civil Rights Corps, we have developed a set of policy materials that can help policymakers, advocates and others end this epidemic of wealth-based detention and create systems that truly maximize pretrial liberty. If you have any questions about a document, or require advice on an issue that is not addressed below, please be in touch. -Thea Sebastian, Policy Counsel firstname.lastname@example.org
The Statutory Principles is a one-page overview of the main principles that Civil Rights Corps advocates when pursuing statutory reform. For a more detailed explanation, please see our Statement of Principles.
The Background on Legal Principles presents quick takeaways from Civil Rights Corps litigation and the implications for policymakers.
The Fact Sheet summarizes the extent of the current issue—the epidemic of wealth-based detention and the excessive detention of presumptively innocent individuals—and why bail reform is urgently needed.
The Risk Assessment Policy Statement states our position on algorithmic risk assessment tools
The Financial Case for Bail Reform explains the ways that bail reform can drive down jail populations and produce financial savings for jurisdictions.
A Holistic Framework for Pretrial Justice provides an overview of ways that jurisdictions can build fair, effective systems of pretrial justice—beyond the specific changes that are outlined in our Statement of Principles. These reforms include best practices in pretrial services.
Millions of people have had their driver’s licenses suspended, revoked, or otherwise restricted not because they are a risk to public safety, but simply because they could not pay a debt. At Civil Rights Corps, we have developed a set of policy resources that can help policymakers, advocates and others to end this deeply harmful and counterproductive practice. If you would like a resource that you do not see, or would like our assistance on campaign, please be in touch. - Thea Sebastian, Policy Counsel email@example.com
The Fact Sheet provides basic facts and figures on driver’s license suspension, explaining why this practice is damaging both to the families affected and their communities.
The Benefits of Ending Debt-Based License Suspension explains why ending debt-based license suspension will help make communities safer, more equitable and more prosperous.
The Statement of Principles stipulates the core principles that jurisdictions should follow when pursuing license suspension reform.
The Model Legislation provides an idea of how a jurisdiction may statutorily address driver’s license suspension. Every jurisdiction is unique, so please contact us if you would like to enact legislation that takes this shape. We are happy to help you tailor the model bill.
Even when jurisdictions end debt-based license suspension, many people will still suffer under unmanageable debt. The Model Debt-Reduction Legislation provides options on how jurisdictions can create debt-reduction mechanisms that help these individuals to pay their debts and improve their—and their families’—economic well-being.