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Bail reform at the 2021 Texas Legislature faces uphill battle

Gov. Greg Abbott prioritized changing how bail is set. He isn’t addressing people stuck behind bars because they can’t afford to pay.

Multiple federal courts have found Texas’ cash bail practices discriminatory against poor people. The governor has said his priority bill will instead focus on keeping “dangerous criminals” in jail before they’re convicted.

Evolving bail fights

Court battles and high-profile homicides

Reform advocates on the defense

This article was originally published by The Texas Tribune on February 11th, 2021.  The original article can be read here.

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