The Judiciary’s Annual Report on Criminal Justice Reform showed that the 2017 decision to end cash bail is paying off. Jail population declined 43.9% compared with the number of people incarcerated on June 30, 2016. Further, a study of state jail populations on Oct. 3, 2018 and the same day in 2012 showed 6,000 fewer people incarcerated under criminal justice reform.
According to the report, defendants released under the reformed system are no more likely to commit a new offense or fail to show up for a court appearance than defendants released under the monetary bail program.
The report also offered the first statistical comparison between criminal justice reform in 2017 and cash bail in 2014. It showed that court appearance rates were high and that cases were being completed in the same amount of time under both systems. The report said the rate of alleged new criminal activity for individuals released pretrial under CJR was virtually the same as the rate for defendants under the cash-bail system.