|Apr 26, 2018
|Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Colleen Kristich
|Criminal Justice: Courts, Criminal Justice: General, Government: General
This policy report was drafted by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Deputy Director at PPG, and Colleen Kristich, Master of Social Work Candidate at the University at Buffalo.
It presents new data on bail in Buffalo, including frequency of money bail, average amounts by level and type of offense, and racial disparities. This dataset is based on PPG's observation of 240 arraignment hearings from November 2017 to February 2018.
The report includes several stories from Buffalo City Court, explores the harmful impacts of money bail, and offers recommendations for reform.
Key findings from our observation of 240 arraignment hearings:
The authors wish to extend their gratitude to court watchers Schyler Norton, Rosa Guerrero, and Molly Spakowski, as well as former PPG interns Sarah Alpert and Anna Magavern who worked on earlier drafts. Thanks are also due to Rebecca Town and Kevin Stadelmaier at the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo; Insha Rahman at the Vera Institute of Justice; Sean Hill at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice; and Katie Schaffer at Just Leadership USA.