Bail Law: Before, During, and After a Pandemic (On-Demand)

$109.00

The right to reasonable bail or pretrial release has become a pillar of the modern U.S. criminal justice system. It became more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, when cities and counties nationwide scrambled to reduce their jail and prison populations to prevent its spread. This course will discuss how imperative it is to have your client released pretrial when possible, and the basics of arguing for pretrial release. When your client cannot afford cash bail, the course also reviews common release conditions that can be utilized in the alternative. The accessibility of pretrial release (or lack thereof) to criminal defendants has recently become the subject of much debate. The course will also survey the various approaches to bail reform, and weigh the arguments for and against it.

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Event Details

Course Type

Course Instructor

Ally F. Keegan, Esq

Original Date Of Course

General Credits

1

Course Description

The right to reasonable bail or pretrial release has become a pillar of the modern U.S. criminal justice system. It became more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, when cities and counties nationwide scrambled to reduce their jail and prison populations to prevent its spread. This course will discuss how imperative it is to have your client released pretrial when possible, and the basics of arguing for pretrial release. When your client cannot afford cash bail, the course also reviews common release conditions that can be utilized in the alternative. The accessibility of pretrial release (or lack thereof) to criminal defendants has recently become the subject of much debate. The course will also survey the various approaches to bail reform, and weigh the arguments for and against it.

Principles

  • Criminal defense
  • Bail law
  • Bail reform
  • Mass incarceration

Syllabus

  1. Importance of pretrial release
      • Effect on your individual case
      • Effect on the criminal justice system at large
  2. How COVID-19 rattled our pretrial release system
  3. Alternatives to cash bail for pretrial release
  4. Making the request for bail or pretrial release
      • The initial bail argument—when to make it and how to argue it
      • Revisiting the issue later on in your case
  5. Bail reform and policy
      • Arguments for and against bail reform
      • Issues with effective implementation
      • Implications of radically changing the current system
      • What we have learned from COVID-19
  6. Evolving case law and legislation addressing bail and pretrial release

Instructor

Ally F. Keegan, Esq.

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