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North Dakota Should End Cash Bail Requirements

North Dakota Should End Cash Bail Requirements

Bail, as I’m sure you all know, is money or valuable property put into a bond so that someone charged with a crime can be released from jail pending resolution of the charges. On paper, it’s not a terrible system. It frees up jail space. It allows the accused to better participate in defending themselves

Guest Post: The ACLU’s Blueprint for Prison Reform

This post was written by Dane DeKrey, advocacy director for the ACLU of North Dakota. Imagine you own a business. Nobody is buying your product and you’re losing money. Despite this, you decide to double down and scale up production. This goes on year after year, and you’re digging an ever-deeper hole. Your stubborn commitment

Plain Talk: Defense Attorney Says a North Dakota Drug Testing Law Is Unconstitutional

The state Legislature requires some drug defendants to be drug tested while out on bail and awaiting trial, but this requirement has become a real problem. Defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm spoke about it on this episode of Plain Talk. Some defendants can’t afford the testing, Friese said, and end up

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North Dakota's Second Lady To Head Up "Marsy's Law" Ballot Initiative Effort

According to a press release which just dropped in my inbox this morning Kathleen Wrigley, wife to North Dakota Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, will be heading up a ballot initiative effort to pass Marsy’s Law. You can read about the history of that law on Wikipedia. Essentially it would put in state law a series

Matt Evans: Should Veterans Get Special Treatment In The Criminal Justice System?

The state legislature just voted to give soldiers a different justice system You can keep track of what the legislature is doing each day by hitting this link: Most of the house votes on Jan 22nd, when I checked, were pretty lopsided, with little evidence of disagreement. One, however, caught my attention, because the vote

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