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Excessive-bailDallas LePierre of Nexus Derechos Humanos spoke before the State of Connecticut Sentencing Commission, in opposition to a rushed and dangerous bail-reform measure that threatens public safety–all for political expediency. (See the 7:00 minute mark for Mr. LePierre.) Mr. Pierre’s testimony before the Commission comes on the heels of a recent lawsuit filed by attorneys at Nexus Derechos Humanos against both the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. (See Lawsuit.) Christie, according to the lawsuit, sacrificed public safety for political expediency by forcing a bail-reform system that both New Jersey law enforcement officials and citizens called a “resounding nightmare.” Christie’s bail reform program routinely assessed violent sexual offenders, and other demonstrably dangerous people, at a near zero risk to the public.

In fact, and as the Complaint demonstrates, the Attorney General of New Jersey has been forced to continually “fix” glaring loopholes that have caused proven violent criminals–who should have never been assessed at a near zero risk to the public–to be released into communities. One such criminal, with a well-documented history of violence, killed Plaintiff’s son under Christie’s forced bailed reform–although the Laura and John Arnold Foundation share equal blame. According to the Complaint, because the Laura and John Arnold Foundation developed and peddled a risk assessment system that failed to take into account basic, common sense criminal criteria such as past sexual assaults and prior felony gun charges–the foundation shares, at least, equal blame for the death of Plaintiff’s son.

For the above reasons, and so many more, Mr. LePierre spoke before the Commission, trying to stop them from making the same fatal mistake that New Jersey made. No State should take the drastic measure of actually amending their own Constitution–thereby striping their constituents of their Constitutional right to monetary bail– to implement an unfocused, unconstitutional, rushed, and incomplete bail-reform system that has proven to cause unnecessary and unwanted public endangerment. Officials simply should not place political expediency over public safety.

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Hep-C-JPEG-300x169Hepatitis C routinely kills people. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 71 million people are infected with Hep C. Hep C attacks your liver, and that’s why: “approximately 399 000 people die each year from hepatitis C, mostly from cirrhosis [of the liver] and Hepatocellular Carcinoma [liver cancer].”

The seriousness of the disease cannot be underestimated, for example, in 2007: “Hep C patients died at a median age of 57. That’s 20 years shorter than the average US lifespan.”

Based on those facts, and so many more facts which demonstrate the dire consequences of Hepatitis C when left untreated, there is little wonder why the attorneys at Nexus Derechos Humanos filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of incarcerated human beings who have Hep C while under the care and custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections.