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 bail reform across the country are gaining momentum.

Shima Baradaran Baughman

In the book, Baughman traces the history of bail and demonstrates how it has become an oppressive tool of the courts that disadvantages minority and poor defendants. She draws on constitutional rights and new empirical research to show how we can reform bail in America to alleviate mass incarceration. By implementing these reforms, she argues, the nation can restore constitutional rights and release more defendants while lowering crime rates.

Listen to the “Top of Mind” segment here.