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Bill Introduced in United States Senate to Reform Bail System

Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, and Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, co-sponsored the "Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017," which was introduced into Congress on July 20, 2017. 
 

Memo to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Discusses Disparate Impact of Court Fines and Fees in Nevada

On June 13, 2017, the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights submitted a memorandum to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which detailed the Committee’s findings of inequities in Nevada’s implementation of court fines and fees and provided recommendations for reform.
 

Federal Court Strikes Down Cap of Inmate Phone Call Cost

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a regulation capping the rate for inmate phone calls, which was set in place by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.
 
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a regulation capping the rate for inmate phone calls, which was set in place by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.