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The Gund Foundation issued a $24,000 grant to Cuyahoga County to support its effort to collect data on its jails.
United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas denied the efforts of Harris County, Texas officials to prevent the release of indigent misdemeanor defendants.
A recent report by the Prison Policy Initiative states that, compared with individuals not detained before trial, pretrial detainees are more likely to plead guilty, be convicted, or be sentenced to jail.
A federal judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction against Harris County’s bail system. Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal found that the system detains “indigent misdemeanor defendants who are otherwise eligible for release but are unable because of their poverty to pay a secured money bail.”
Community bail funds, while still small in scale, are working