The Cost of Pretrial Justice

07/02/2014 06:45 PM

The pretrial system can be very costly to individuals and communities.  Some of those costs are obvious, like the expense of running a jail.   Some are hidden, like the cost to a jailed defendant who loses his job, or the cost to a victim when someone is released and commits a new crime.   The issue is confounded by a money bail system that allows those with resources to buy their way out of jail, while others remain incarcerated regardless of their risk to the community, simply because they cannot post bond.

 

New publications from the Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ explore the costs of pretrial, and how pretrial policy grounded in research can ensure that taxpayer dollars invested in pretrial is money well spent.

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