512.01 Bail Reform

Bail practices define who is held in jail in the United States.  Most people held in jails are awaiting trial, and in turn, most of those people cannot afford to pay a cash bond to secure their release.  This seminar will examine the unique system of pretrial detention in the United States, from historical, legal, social, and policy perspectives. We will read leading Supreme Court cases, recent civil rights challenges and judicial rulings regarding bail practices, bail reform legislation, and empirical literature regarding the impacts of pretrial decisions and supervision on people's lives and social outcomes. Students will write short reaction papers regarding each of week's reading, and may also choose to write a more substantial research paper if they wish to earn a second credit. 

Special Notes:


Spring 2022

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Reflective Writing
Class participation
Brandon L. Garrett
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-512-01-Sp22
Email list: LAW-512-01-Sp22@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice