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    The Impact of Defense Counsel at Bail Hearings

    Roughly half of U.S. counties do not provide defense counsel at bail hearings. An experiment shows that providing counsel can decrease the use of monetary bail and pretrial detention. But having a public defender at the bail hearing did result in a short-term increase in rearrests on theft charges.

    Jun 30, 2023

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    Intellectual, Developmental, and Physical Disabilities in U.S. Legal Settings

    The legal system can be difficult to navigate. For individuals with disabilities, it can be even more challenging. Researchers offer recommendations for other researchers as they examine the experience of individuals with disabilities and their interactions with the U.S. criminal and civil legal systems.

    Nov 30, 2023

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