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November 2012

The resources created through this grant will, for the first time, allow lawmakers, criminal justice practitioners, researchers, and the public to easily and quickly gain a comprehensive understanding of pretrial laws and proposed legislation in every state.

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Pretrial risk assessments are beginning to catch on among California law enforcement agencies. As reported in last week's feature story, "Barred From Freedom," Santa Clara, Sonoma, Yolo, Marin, Napa, and Santa Cruz counties have each implemented some form.

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Policy-makers are cautioned about accepting at face value statements about the cost-effectiveness of financial, including surety, forms of pretrial release when presented with interpretations from any of the six studies reviewed in this paper.

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West Africa's regional human rights court has taken a stand against the undue and excessive use of pretrial detention in Africa, with a landmark order to free a Nigerian man who had been held without trial in a Lagos prison for almost a decade.

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