Somewhat lost in a revived debate involving the rights of the accused and protecting the public: Wisconsin’s cash bail system wasn’t created to protect public safety.
Some Wisconsin counties use risk assessment tools to predict who will skip out on court or commit new crimes; critics say there are better ways to cut incarceration.
Some researchers say there is not enough evidence to know whether pretrial risk assessment tools will reduce or exacerbate discrimination that already exists in the justice system.
Questions and answers about pretrial risk assessments and their role in the criminal justice system.
Across the country, poor defendants can spend days, weeks — even years — behind bars awaiting trial, an approach that judges increasingly find is unconstitutional.
Wisconsin is one of just a handful of states that ban bail bonding, barring companies from profiting from people too poor to pay their way out of jail.
Nonprofits fill in the gap for defendants who cannot afford to bail themselves out of jail before their trials
A glossary of terms used in the Center’s Beyond Bail series.