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5th Circuit says cash bail system in Texas county is unconstitutional

A federal appeals court has ruled that the cash bail system in Harris County, Texas, violates the due-process and equal-protection rights of poor defendants. The court found that a bail system that mo... read more

Historic Bail Ruling in Texas Largely Upheld Appeals Court

An appeals court Wednesday ... couldn't post $2,500 bail after being arrested for driving with an invalid license. "The 5th Circuit has strongly reaffirmed the central point of this case: Harris Count... read more

Newly Elected Houston Judges Drop Bail Reform Challenge

Law360 (January 8, 2019, 3:20 PM EST) -- The 14 newly elected Democratic municipal court judges in Harris County, Texas — who were part ... to undo a federal judge's ruling that the cash bail system t... read more

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Colorado's Jails Are Deeply Overcrowded. What's Being Done?

That's both expensive for counties and problematic for judges, says Chief Arapahoe County ... and a bail-reform movement is gaining traction. Spurring it along: A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling i... read more


2018's Top 10 Troubled Lawyers and Judges in Texas

The rare disciplinary action followed a landmark April 2017 ruling from U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who held Harris County’s bail system unconstitutional because ... the poor odds of reversal a... read more

Poor stay in jail while rich go free: Rethinking cash bail in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Constitution states that cash bail can be used ... said Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara. Later this month, a Wisconsin legislative study committee will consider various propo... read more

Religious leaders in Texas are on a crusade to end cash bail.

With bail set at $5,000, she remained in jail for four days. All three of the defendants are plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit that aims to overhaul the bail system in Harris County, Texas ... of t... read more

Citizens urge Lehigh County to eliminate cash bail

Lehigh County Commissioners ... in many courts as unconstitutional.” Thomases said that while cash bail is sometimes framed as a tool that improves public safety and encourages prompt court appearance... read more

Harris County jail has released 650 misdemeanor inmates since June 7

The injunction, issued in April, required the release of inmates awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges who could not pay bail. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court ... alleging the county unfairly jails those ... read more

Court must consider defendant's ability to pay when setting bail, Dallas federal judge says

Setting bail without considering a defendant’s ability to pay bond violates equal protection rights, a Dallas federal judge ruled last Thursday. Most Texas state courts use a bail money system ... New ... read more

Houston Judges OK Plan To Strictly Limit Use Of Cash Bail

Law360 (January 17, 2019, 7:10 PM EST) -- The newly elected Democratic municipal court judges in Harris County, Texas, have voted to update the local rules governing bail practices in a way that will ... read more



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