Prosecutor-Led Bail Reform: Year One Transparency Report

10 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM YEAR ONE OF BAIL REFORM:

1. Prosecutor-led bail reform works in Philadelphia;
2. Data-driven reform was implemented fifty days into District Attorney Larry Krasner’s administration;
3. The reform cost no money to implement, and freed up resources;
4. The reform promoted the discretionary decision to not seek cash bail for 25 specific charges;
5. Wide-ranging reform, with the 25 charges enumerated in the policy accounting for 61% of all charges in 2018;
6. The reform successfully increased Release on Recognizance (ROR) rates, allowing approximately 1,750 additional Philadelphians to be released without cash bail in 2018;
7. The reform did not increase recidivism rates;
8. The reform did not increase Failure to Appear (FTA) rates;
9. The reform helps make the presumption of innocence a meaningful reality;
10. Instituting meaningful bail reform in Philadelphia provides an opportunity to reimagine the future of justice.

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