Open Ninth

Right to Release

Judge Lauten and Ninth Circuit Judge Jennifer Harris walk us through this evolution of the bond system.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits inflicting cruel and unusual punishment – but did you know that it also prohibits excessive bail or fines? While the bond system has a long history in the United States, the idea of what constitutes excessive bail and its socioeconomic implications continue to evolve.

In today’s episode of Open Ninth, Chief Judge Fred Lauten and Ninth Circuit Judge Jenifer Harris walk us through this evolution of the bond system. Listen in as they explore its impact on the courts, defendants, and the community at-large.


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In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Podcast Moderator

Judge Lauten is currently the Chief Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He has served as a Judge since 1993.

Jenifer M. Harris

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Harris has served as a Circuit Judge since 2007. She currently serves in the Felony Criminal Division in Orange County.