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The Criminal Law Section & Criminal Trial Lawyers Association present
Racial and Economic Bias in Detention and Release Decisions

May 8, 2018: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
MCLE Credits - 1.75 H, of which 1 Hour is in Elimination of Bias.
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Honorable Teri Jackson
Presiding Judge, SF Superior Court Member, Judicial Council's Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup

Alec Karakatsanis
Civil Rights Corps

Sharon Woo
Supervising Assistant District Attorney SF District Attorney's Office

Silvio Lugo
US Pretrial Services NDCA

Candis Mitchell
SF Federal Public Defender's Office

Honorable Laurel Beeler
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

This panel examines the challenge posed to courts, especially those that rely on the cash bail system as courts struggle to balance a defendant's rights with the need to protect the community and assure a defendant's appearance in court. Do artificial intelligence and predictive behavior models offer a solution or exacerbate the problem? What is the role of race and how are the poor and people of color impacted by a cash bail system, and what can be done to improve equitable pretrial detention/release?

• Why is the State's cash bail system considered to be biased?
• What are some of the steps that are being taken to address and change it?
• Is the federal system considered fair? If so, is it really?
• If the current systems are not fair, what are the steps needed - by defense practitioners, government lawyers and the court - to assure greater fairness?

Section Chairs: Jonathan Schmidt, San Francisco District Attorney's Office and K.C. Maxwell, Law Office of K.C. Maxwell


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Program: 12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Event Code: R180042

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