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Pandemic Exposes the Flaws of the Criminal Legal System

According to the National Center for State Courts, the five most common ways courts are responding to COVID-19 are:   Restricting or ending jury trials   Restricting entrance to courthouses   Encouraging or requiring teleconferences or video conferences in lieu of hearings   Generally suspending in-person proceedings   Granting extensions for...

Why donate to a Bail Fund?

Northwest Community Bail Fund has been honored and awed by the incredible amount of support that has financed our recent growth and our ability to post bail for more people than ever before. With a 600 percent increase in our funds last year we were able to expand our impact significantly as well as build upon initiatives to work toward longer...

NCBF Helps to Reform Court Rule to Decrease Disruptions in Defendants’ Lives

A new court rule that went into effect in February makes it easier for pretrial defendants to maintain work and childcare duties while their cases proceed through the court. Northwest Community Bail Fund joined dozens of attorneys and community partners in supporting Court Rule 3.4, which allows defendants to waive their appearance at court...

Washington state receives F+ from ACLU for Response to COVID 19 in Jails

Every state has struggled to curb community spread of the coronavirus over the course of the past year. Across the United States, prisons and jails have been hit particularly hard by the largest outbreaks of the virus due to their dense populations. These spaces were never intended for social distancing, let alone other effective implementation...

Municipal Courts: A Beginner’s Guide To A Flawed Judicial System

The criminal punishment system is complex. When you think about how long one may attend school to become a lawyer or judge, you can understand why the average citizen may not know much at all about how courts work on a local level, let alone a national level. The courts should exist to serve the people, but what happens when that ideal breaks...

Call to Action: Decarceration as a Matter of Public Safety

DECARCERATION AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY  NCBF joins The King County Department of Public Defense in demanding that The City Attorney’s Office stop prosecuting most misdemeanors, and the City Council to immediately defund the prosecution and processing of most misdemeanors. Read the letter from Anita Khandelwal, Director, King County Department...
Pandemic Exposes the Flaws of the Criminal Legal System

Pandemic Exposes the Flaws of the Criminal Legal System

According to the National Center for State Courts, the five most common ways courts are responding to COVID-19 are:   Restricting or ending jury trials   Restricting entrance to courthouses   Encouraging or requiring teleconferences or video conferences in lieu of...

read more
Why donate to a Bail Fund?

Why donate to a Bail Fund?

Northwest Community Bail Fund has been honored and awed by the incredible amount of support that has financed our recent growth and our ability to post bail for more people than ever before. With a 600 percent increase in our funds last year we were able to expand our...

read more

Call to Action: Decarceration as a Matter of Public Safety

DECARCERATION AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY  NCBF joins The King County Department of Public Defense in demanding that The City Attorney’s Office stop prosecuting most misdemeanors, and the City Council to immediately defund the prosecution and processing of most...

read more

Want to get involved in our Court Watch Program?

NCBF facilitates programs in King County and Pierce County to monitor court activity, gather data and help inform change to protect people from an abusive system.  You can get involved today to bring Court Watch to your county or join in current efforts.

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