Initial Appearance Project

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Across the United States, thousands of newly-arrested people disappear, languishing behind bars for days, weeks – or even months – before they ever see a judge or an attorney. The Deason Center’s Initial Appearance Project collects data, advances policy, and supports litigation about the right to a prompt post-arrest judicial appearance. Through our innovative Jail Justice Project, we compile and analyze data about initial appearance delays around the country.  Professor Metzger’s article, Criminal (Dis)Appearance (published in George Washington Law Review’s March 2020 edition),  grapples with the constitutional implications of initial appearance delays. Read Criminal (Dis)Appearance here or listen to Professor Metzger discuss Criminal (Dis)Appearance on the Ipse Dixit podcast with Brian Frye.