The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology's 2018 Symposium

Bail Bond Reform

The Symposium will address the impact of bail on the law, explore the origins of the bail system, and discuss reform movements and efforts. Across the country, monetary bond systems keep non-violent poor defendants in jail awaiting trial, while allowing violent gang leaders to be released because they can post money bonds. But bail was never meant to be punitive; it was designed to ensure that defendants attend hearings. According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, more than 60 percent of those awaiting trial are there because they cannot afford to pay their bond, not because they are a danger to the community

Friday, February 9, 2018

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Thorne Auditorium
375 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Please direct questions to Kayla Doyle and Steven Kobby Lartey, JCLC Symposium Editors:


The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology's Symposium is supported by the Irving Gordon Symposia Fund, established in 1996 by the Gordon family, Northwestern alumni, and friends to honor the memory of Irving Gordon, a graduate of the class of 1947, and a beloved faculty member of the Law School from 1966 until his death in 1994.

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