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.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOR CLE CREDIT.
- Judy Perry Martinez – President, American Bar Association; Of Counsel, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
- Amelia Cramer – Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney in Tucson, Arizona
- Lauren Gottesman – Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice, Decarceration Unit, Legal Aid Society of New York
- Corey Stoughton – Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Defense Practice Special Litigation Unit, Legal Aid Society of New York
- Andrea Woods – Staff Attorney, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project
Joint Sponsors: ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Criminal Justice Section
Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law