A Project to Reform the Bail System in Montgomery County
In the fall of 2017, Public Performance Partners was hired by the Montgomery County Commissioners to provide the research and support services for their project to reform the system of bail in the county. P3 CEO Hugh Quill, former Montgomery County Treasurer and P3’s Jim Knight, a former probation officer, member of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s staff, and former Chief Deputy of the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts office, will be the lead support staff for P3.
In an announcement of the project, Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley outlined several goals for the project:
Our court systems in Montgomery County-both Common Pleas and the various Municipal Courts-have a history of innovation. Our job is to try to develop a model that we can present to judges in our county that would result in:
- A safe community
- Greater liberty for those who should not be in the jail but for ability to pay
- More beds in the jail for those who need to be separated from the community
- Reduced rates for failure to appear
Bail reform is being studied and implemented nationwide. According to a report published in June 2017 by the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, it’s estimated that 34 percent of people in Ohio jails are there awaiting there awaiting trial because they cannot afford bail.
“Bail is intended to make sure people show up to their court dates and to keep the community safe,” Foley said. But many have raised concerns that the current system too often results in non-violent poor people staying in jails for longer periods of time than those who can financially afford to gain their release.”
Bail Reform Project Documents & Resources
As part of our work, P3 will provide links below to documents and other resources throughout the project.
- Rich Buy Freedom, Poor Stay in Jail Says Report – Dayton Daily News, March 2017
- Ohio Sheriffs, County Commissioners Calling for Bail Reform – The Plain Dealer, February 2017
- DOCUMENT: Pretrial System Analysis for Montgomery County, Ohio (2015)
- DOCUMENT: Ad Hoc Committee on Bail & Pretrial Services Report and Recommendations (2017) – Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission
- DOCUMENT: Montgomery County Bail Practices Review Final Report (January 2018)