A Model Bail Law: Rethinking Money-and Charge-based Bail Systems in Light of American Legal History and Current Research on Criminal Defendants

By Zach Dal Pra

Increasingly, courts around the country are requiring local jurisdictions to justify their bail practices—i.e., to demonstrate that decisions about who they release and who they detain pretrial are informed by both the law and by current research on the behavior of released defendants. For jurisdictions considering revising their bail practices, criminal justice analyst Timothy R. Schnacke suggests a prototype bail process in “’Model’ Bail Laws: Re-Drawing the Line Between Pretrial Release and Detention.”

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PBS NewsHour Features JSP Program Participants


The introduction to the PBS NewsHour segment featuring JSP program participants is both haunting and hopeful:

“Tonight we hear from inmates at California’s San Quentin Prison who committed crimes when they were young and are serving up to life terms. They’re part of a weekly discussion group where they focus on self-improvement through discussion, education and counseling.”

One man featured has been in prison for 28 years – since the age of 17.
Another for 31 years, at the age of 19.

Many have no chance of parole. But they’re learning how to give their own self a second chance.

“When I first started I wasn’t able to talk about myself because I was too embarrassed and too ashamed to express the things that I had done…”

JSP Principal, Nancy Campbell facilitated the development of a design for transition services for 18-25 year old male inmates in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Working with the global design firm IDEO, JSP introduced PBS to some of the young men who participated in the project. These young men are part of San Quentin State Prison’s Kid C.A.T. (Creating Awareness Together) program that is dedicated to helping men, incarcerated as youth, understand the consequences of their actions and to live their lives as “examples of the human potential for redemption.”

In this unique Brief But Spectacular PBS episode, the voices of young male inmates and their experience being incarcerated gives us a deeper understanding of how we can support their transformation into responsible adult men.

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Justice System Partners Welcomes Lore Joplin as newest Principal

Justice System Partners is pleased to welcome Lore Joplin as our newest Principal.

Lore’s experience in criminal justice and health care public policy development and implementation make her a great fit for the JSP team. Lore’s leadership style, skills and approach align with the mission and values of JSP.

Lore Joplin

Lore Joplin

Lore has been a JSP Associate since 2015, serving as a site coordinator in the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. She has over 20 years of practitioner and consulting experience working with government agencies and non-profits with a professional focus on policy analysis and implementation at the local, state, and national levels. She brings extensive experience managing complex, multi-partner projects and facilitating cross-system collaboration with criminal and juvenile justice, health care, and behavioral health systems.

As our newest Principal, Lore will continue to work with sites through the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and she will also support our work with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where JSP assists local jurisdictions as they implement the Public Safety Assessment (PSA). Lore’s superb project management skills have made her successful in implementing change in both juvenile and adult criminal justice agencies and systems. We look forward to the contribution she will make as part of our leadership team as we move forward to implement evidence-based practices in the field.

Lore’s full bio can be found here.