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Expanding Pretrial Release in the Age of COVID-19

April 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET | For years, criminal justice reform efforts have focused on reducing pretrial detention, particularly detention resulting from an inability to pay cash bail. While many jurisdictions have reduced or eliminated the use of cash bail, particularly for low-level offenses, more than 700,000 people across the country are still detained without having been found guilty of any crime. As COVID-19 has closed or limited courts and postponed jury trials, pretrial detention has become less definite in length. At the same time, concern about the potential spread of COVID-19 in jails has pushed justice system actors to search for ways to reduce jail populations. This webinar will explore several efforts to seek expanded release for those detained pretrial in response to COVID-19.

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ABA Public Defense Summit

ABA Public Defense Summit

Join us May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado!

Join us for the 2020 ABA Public Defense Summit: Misdemeanor Public Defense: Defending in the Wild West. Registration opens soon!

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