Bail Reform | Spalding University Catalog

CJR-360: Bail Reform

3 credit hours

This course will introduce, examine, and provide students the skills with which to analyze efforts to rein in court-imposed fines and fees, and the movement to end cash bail. This course will emphasize a conceptual approach rather than a statistical focus to studying the creation, implementation, and evaluation of cash bail and pretrial detention policies and practices. Topics may include the ways in which the system criminalizes poverty and is a structural linchpin of mass incarceration and racial inequality, how it affects entire communities, devastates families for generations, and guts the presumption of innocence, as well as the financial costs to American taxpayers. Students will outline a roadmap to a more just, equitable, and humane pretrial system.