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September/October 2003 , Page 55 

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Reviews in Review: Bail; Changing laws through violence and subversion

By Ellen Podgor

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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 bail hearings.  

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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