Harris County Pretrial Advocacy

NACDL's work on pretrial advocacy in Harris County, Texas highlighted by the publication of the Harris County Bail Manual.  [Released December 2018]


Cover for NACDL report The Harris County, Texas Bail ManualPublished in September 2018, the Harris County Bail Manual was developed in collaboration with the Harris County Public Ddefender Office and with the grant support of the Bureau of Justice Assistanc. The Manual serves as a guide, providing defenders with national, state, and local legal procedures and provisions, accessible research and data regarding the harms of even brief period of pretrial detention, information about the PSA risk assessment tool in use in Harris County, and resources to help attorneys gather meaningful information to help facilitate their client's release from custody.

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