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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.
A video released by the Office of the Maryland Public Defender shows a Baltimore police officer “placing a soup can, which holds a plastic bag, into a trash-strewn lot.” The officer then walks away to activate his body camera and returns to discover the drugs.
Chief Judge Timothy Evans of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois issued an order reforming bail and pretrial procedures in the county on July 17, 2017.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed An Act Concerning Pretrial Justice Reform into law on June 27, 2017, and it took effect on July 1, 2017.
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.
The Gund Foundation issued a $24,000 grant to Cuyahoga County to support its effort to collect data on its jails.
Louisiana House Bill 249, signed into law June 15, 2017, amended the previous procedure for imposing financial obligations on criminal defendants.
The governor of Texas signed a bill into law that propels efforts to provide alternatives to the traditional court costs, fines, and fees that many are unable to pay.
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.
President Obama's Department of Justice, under the leadership of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, has been a diligent ally in the fight against the criminalization of poverty.