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Media corner: Baughman available to discuss bail reform in wake of historic California decision to abolish cash bail

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark criminal justice bill into law this week, making the state the first to abolish cash bail and moving it toward a system that gives judges discretion to decide who can be released and who must stay in jail pending trial. Shima Baughman, a professor at the University of […]

New research by Baughman explores need to reform bail for those charged with misdemeanors

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baughman in the Boston University Law Review this week explores the devastating consequences of incarcerating people who are charged with misdemeanors and are unable to afford bail. Baughman’s research argues that incarcerating defendants who are charged with low-level misdemeanors and who […]

Baughman appears in media on issues related to bail reform

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baughman appeared in the media recently in two separate outlets related to the topic of bail reform. Baughman was quoted in a story by The Deseret News titled, “Poor people are trapped behind bars. How Utah is using an algorithm to get some of them […]

Baughman appears on Top of Mind show to discuss bail issues

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baradaran Baughman appeared on BYU Radio’s “Top of Mind” Show with Julie Rose to discuss her new book, The Bail Book.  The book is the first comprehensive analysis on bail in the U.S. since 1970 and comes at a time when efforts to implement widespread […]

Baughman’s ‘Making a Murderer’ course covered by media

A new course designed by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baradaran Baughman received media coverage in multiple news outlets. Baughman launched a new seminar course titled “Making a Murderer.” The course, which debuted this semester, examines criminal justice issues through the lens of the popular Netflix documentary by the same […]

“Making a Murderer” Q&A with Defense Attorney Dean Strang

“Making a Murderer: An Inside Look at the Steven Avery case with Defense Attorney Dean Strang” Registration requested » 8:45 a.m. Bagels, 9:00 a.m., Q&A, S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6) Millions of Americans were captivated by the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” when it premiered in 2015. The 10-episode series unraveled […]

Baughman discusses bail issues on RadioWest

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baughman appeared on KUER’s RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio to discuss bail issues in light of her new book, The Bail Book.    Listen to the full segment here.   

Bail reform key fix for jail overcrowding, new research from University of Utah law professor shows

Could bail reform be the answer to changing the trajectory of America’s current problem with mass incarceration? That question is central to a new book published this month by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baradaran Baughman and Cambridge University Press titled “The Bail Book: A Comprehensive Look at Bail in America’s Criminal Justice […]

Baughman interviewed by Hollywood Reporter about potential rape prosecution of Harvey Weinstein

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baughman was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter about the potential prosecution of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for the alleged sexual assault of actress Rose McGowan at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.   Baughman discussed prosecutorial discretion to bring charges forward.  Read the full article here. 

Baughman to speak at Boston University Law School conference on misdemeanor justice

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baughman is among the speakers scheduled to present at the forthcoming “Misdemeanor Justice Conference” at Boston University Law School on Nov. 3-4. Misdemeanor Machinery Flyer D2