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Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Webinar: Ending Cash Bail in Maryland

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Start Date:  10/25/2017 12:00 PM EST
End Date:  10/25/2017 1:00 PM EST
Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense
Contact: Heather H. Hall
   Phone: N/A

Ending Cash Bail in Maryland

October 25, 2017 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes

Webinar Faculty: Ethan Frenchman, Assistant Public Defender, Maryland Office of the Public Defender & Brian Saccenti, Appellate Chief, Maryland Office of the Public Defender

About the Webinar:   This past year, the Maryland Court of Appeals dramatically changed the procedural rules governing pretrial release and detention. Trial courts may no longer impose cash bail that results in the jailing of a defendant. Trial courts must prioritize alternatives to cash bail and, should cash bail be set, it must be affordable. These changes have effectively ended the detention of presumptively innocent people in Maryland solely due to their inability to pay bail. This webinar will discuss how a loose coalition of public defenders, justice organizations, law enforcement, law firms, and other advocates succeeded in ending cash bail in Maryland without civil rights litigation. We hope that lessons from Maryland may help other advocates think about alternative avenues for bail reform in other jurisdictions.


About the Faculty:  Ethan Frenchman is an appellate attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. He previously worked as a trial public defender in Baltimore City, and at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. He is the co-author of “The Heavy Costs of High Bail: Evidence from Judge Randomization” 45 J. Legal Stud. 471, 487 (2016), which used statistical techniques to prove that the imposition of money bail causes defendants to plead guilty, and causes new arrests.

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