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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

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

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Harris County says court order on jail release is safety risk

HOUSTON (AP) - Officials in Texas' most populous county are concerned that potentially dangerous people are being released from jail under a federal court order that determined the local bail system d... read more


Profiles of citizens detained or deported

However, the 5th Circuit Court reversed the decision and ... Parrish was born in Newark, N.J., grew up in New York and lives in Texas. Last September, he went to the sheriff's office in Harris County ... read more

Florida Charges FundAmerica With Fraud Counts

California, Texas and Colorado are also ... that involve more than a single county. FundAmerica, which operates in eight states, says it is a legitimate multilevel marketing company that offers custom... 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

Why we're calling for a judicial sweep in the misdemeanor courts

This year, however, one piece of evidence outweighed every other consideration for the Harris County criminal courts at law: Chief U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal’s 193-page memorandum declaring the ... read more

Ruling that Texas bail system unfair to poor mostly upheld

HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court has upheld most of a federal judge’s ruling that the bail system in Texas’ most populous county was unconstitutional for people arrested for lesser offenses. The 5th U. ... read more

Prosecutors ask court to end Texas county's cash bail for misdemeanors

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Dozens of current and former state, county and federal prosecutors asked a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to strike down a bail system in the most populous Texas coun... read more

The Criminal Justice Gospel

In May 2016, Maranda Lynn O’Donnell, a waitress and mother of a 4-year-old girl in Harris County, Texas ... constitutionality of imposing cash bail on defendants who can't afford it, the faith coaliti... read more



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