PRETRIAL RELEASE OUTCOMES STUDIED BY NEVADA JUDICIARY
By Sheila Freed
Lutheran-Episcopal Advocacy in Nevada is proud to be part of a movement that could radically change the justice system in this state. The proposed changes line up beautifully with the ELCA SocialStatement, “The Church and C criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries” (2013).
James Hardesty, Associate Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme court, spoke to members of LEAN in May. Then at the Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly in June, the featured speaker at the LEAN-LOPP Advocacy Breakfast was Washoe County Public Defender Jeremy Bosler. Justice Hardesty has worked for many years to make the criminal justice system in Nevada fairer and more efficient. As the Public Defender, Mr. Bosler sees first-hand how the justice system is much harsher on the poor.
Both Mr. Bosler and Justice Hardesty spoke about something lawyers call “pretrial release,” which for most people means making…
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