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Affidavit: Pulaski County jail clerk posed as bail bondsman, stole $500 through Cash App

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — A former intake clerk at the Pulaski County jail has been fired and criminally charged after she allegedly posed as a bail bondsman and had a woman send her $500 to her personal Cash App due to “COVID protocol.” A woman called the jail on March 12 looking for information on an …

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Can’t afford bail? State Supreme Court offers relief for some defendants

This week’s state Supreme Court decision on cash bail could fundamentally alter the state’s criminal justice system — purportedly barring anyone from being held in jail before trial solely because they don’t have enough money to get out. But it’s unlikely to throw open the jailhouse doors anytime soon for many of the 44,000 people across California …

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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. Preston …

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Pima County will provide bail money for some defendants under new program

Lower-level criminal defendants who can’t afford their bonds can soon get out of jail without having to pay any money to await trial under a new Pima County program that could save taxpayers millions of dollars, officials said. In a move being described as the first of its kind, the Board of Supervisors has given …

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Prop. 25, which would have abolished California’s cash bail system, is rejected by voters

SACRAMENTO —  A ballot measure that would have abolished California’s cash bail system was rejected by the state’s voters in Tuesday’s election. Proposition 25 would have replaced the use of money bail as a condition for getting out of jail while awaiting trial with a system allowing release by judges based on a determination of public …

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California may replace cash bail with algorithms — but some worry that will be less fair

The movement to eradicate bail from America’s justice system will face a crucial test Nov. 3, when California voters will decide whether to end the centuries-old practice of trading money for freedom and replace it with algorithms that try to predict whether defendants deserve to be released before trial. If the ballot measure known as …

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Issues surrounding bail bonds a major focus of Kansas task force on pretrial justice

On the one hand, defendants in criminal cases — who are presumed innocent — shouldn’t be detained in jail just because they can’t pay to get out; on the other, those who are dangerous but wealthy can be held without bond only if they’re suspected of capital crimes. Those were two of the key viewpoints …

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Attorney General asks California Supreme Court to restore Humphrey bail-reform ruling

California’s attorney general is citing the COVID-19 pandemic in asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate the thrust of a landmark 2018 appellate ruling ordering state judges to spurn traditional cash bail schedules, to reduce the number of people jailed primarily because they can’t afford bail. In a letter to the high court Wednesday, Attorney …

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