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Guam picked as first member for pretrial program

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We often forget it's innocent until proven guilty, and not the other way around. To address this and other issues with pre-trial justice, the Judiciary of Guam has joined the 3Days Count national campaign. According to Chief Justice Robert Torres, it's big news for Guam as the island was selected as the inaugural member.

"We're looking at replacing discriminatory cash bail with practical evidence and risk-based decision making, which will enable as well more transparent detention for those defendants who need to be, who pose either a safety threat to the community or are flight risk," Torres explained. That means defendants won't sit in jail just because they can't pay cash bail.

Today's count of the prison population is close to 800. The campaign is expected to drop the prison population significantly as majority of prisoners are pre-trial detainees. The court noted that studies show unnecessary jail time for pretrial detainees can result in lost jobs and increased recidivism.

For more information, visit pretrial.org.

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