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Reviews in Review
By Ellen Podgor
Reviews in Review columns.
Douglas L. Colbert, Ray Paternoster, & Shawn Bushway
Do Attorneys Really Matter? The Empirical and Legal Case for the Right of Counsel at Bail
23 Cardozo Law Review 1719 (2002)
If your state does not provide indigent counsel at bail hearings, this
article can assist in correcting this inequity. Professors Douglas
Colbert, Ray Paternoster, and Shawn Bushway present an outstanding
article that offers empirical support for the need to have counsel at
The article begins with an overview of court decisions relating to
the right to counsel at bail hearings. This first section includes
extensive footnotes showing the various state positions on this issue.
The groundwork for the study described in the article is presented in
the second section. Here the authors describe the “Lawyers at Bail
Project in Baltimore” and how this study came about.
The next part of the article includes the study results, and in many instances there are accompanying graphs.
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