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In part three of our series, look at what the First Step Act hopes to achieve over the long term, as well as ways it represents a stark departure from the criminal justice trends of the last 30 years.

The First Step Act—Where to From Here?

In the first two posts in this series, we examined the origins and provisions of the First Step Act and outlined some of the important changes that will affect both current inmates and future offenders. Here we’ll look at what the Act hopes to achieve over the long term, as well as ways it represents … Continued

First Step Act—an important piece of bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing mass incarceration and reforming the U.S. criminal justice system.

The First Step Act—What Is It and What Is The Purpose?

Criminal justice reform remains an issue of increasing debate in the United States—and with good reason. While the U.S. accounts for only 4.4% of global population, it houses 22% of the world’s incarcerated population. Among world nations, the U.S. holds the dubious honor of having the highest percentage of incarcerated citizens. A major point of … Continued

Do All States Allow Bail Bonds?

Do All States Allow Bail Bonds?

Since 1898, when Peter McDonough established America’s first bail bond agency in San Francisco, the bail bond business has flourished as a commercial enterprise in the United States. The idea of bail as a for-profit enterprise, however, has come under fire in recent years, as many other nations such as Australia, India, and South Africa … Continued

What Jail is like

What to Expect (And How to Act) in Jail

Your first experience being arrested can be confusing and even scary, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Here are a few things to keep in mind that can make your time in jail easier. Jail vs. Prison The terms “jail” and “prison” are often used interchangeably, but in fact, they are two very … Continued

The Five Highest Bail Amounts in U.S. History

The Five Highest Bail Amounts in U.S. History

Since America’s first bail bond agency opened in 1898, bond amounts have varied widely, from as little as a dollar to sums in the billions—yes, billions. Given that the purpose of bail is to ensure that a defendant makes all appointed court dates, courts have decided that some wealthy defendants require extreme incentives. Here are … Continued

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Designated Driver Alternatives for the Holidays

  The holidays are fast approaching, and with them come office parties, family celebrations, and New Year’s Eve gatherings – all where alcohol is served. The penalties for driving under the influence in Georgia are steep, and the potential human costs of a DUI accident cannot be tallied. Why risk a wreck or arrest during what … Continued

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Field Sobriety Testing—Your Rights And Responsibilities

  In 2017, Georgia authorities convicted 22,955 motorists of driving under the influence (DUI).1  If that number startles you, it should. Both local and state police are always on the lookout for impaired drivers. And while nobody wants to be pulled over by the police for suspicion of driving while impaired or intoxicated, if it … Continued