Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type


Director of Thesis

John Burrow, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.

Second Reader

James Risk, M.A., Ph.D.


This thesis examines bail reform, specifically cash bail reform, across several jurisdictions in the United States. The goal of this research is to provide a synthesis of the literature and reform efforts at the state and federal levels. Importantly, this thesis will examine recent modifications to the cash bail systems in four states. in order to get a balanced perspective on the success of these reform efforts. In the pages that follow, there will be a presentation of the literature review and a discussion of the reforms that have been undertaken since 2015. Additionally, this thesis will discuss how the states measure success with respect to their bail reform efforts.

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