The Civil Rights Implications of Cash Bail Feb 26

Event Dates: 



February 24, 2021

Contact: Angelia Rorison Email:

Tel: 202-376-7700


U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Virtual Briefing

The Civil Rights Implications of Cash Bail


On Friday, February 26, 2021, at 9 am, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a virtual briefing on bail reform in the United States. The Commission’s investigation seeks to examine the state of bail and pretrial detention practices, including the involvement of the private bail industry, various mechanisms for reform, and the potential regulatory role of the federal government. The Commission will evaluate how cash bail impacts the fair administration of justice and whether it operates in a manner that denies equal protection of the law to individuals on the basis of race or another protected class. At this public briefing, Commissioners will hear from subject matter experts such as government officials, academics, law enforcement professionals, advocates, and impacted persons.


Introductory Remarks: 9 am


Panel 1: Foundations: 9:05 – 11:05 am 

Rafael Mangual – Fellow & Deputy Director, Manhattan Institute

Insha Rahman – Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships, Vera Institute of Justice

Robin Steinberg – CEO, The Bail Project

Lars Trautman – Resident Senior Fellow, R Street Institute


Break: 10:05 – 10:20 am 


Panel 2: Criminal Justice Stakeholders: 10:20 am – 11:20 pm 

William Bratton – Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk & Former Commissioner of NYPD and Chief of LAPD

Sharlyn Grace – Member, Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice

Glenn Grant – Acting Administrative Director, New Jersey Courts

DeAnna Hoskins – President & CEO, JustLeadership

Peter Newsham – Chief of Police, Prince William County Police Department


Break: 11:20 – 


Panel 3: Reforms: 11:35 – 12:35 pm

Michelle Esquenazi – President, National Association of Bail Agents

Elijah Gwynn – Co-Founder & CTO, UpTrust

Erika Maye – Deputy Senior Campaigns Director for Criminal Justice, Color of Change

Megan Stevenson, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Justice Douglas Herndon – Nevada Supreme Court


Closing Remarks: 12:35 – 12:40 pm 


*Public Comments will be written testimony only 



Friday, February 26, 2021 



Hearing will be livestreamed on the USCCR YouTube Channel at or by clicking here.



The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is the only independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights and reporting annually on federal civil rights enforcement. Our 51 state Advisory Committees offer a broad perspective on civil rights concerns at state and local levels. For information about the Commission, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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