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Landmark Cash Bail Reform: The Decriminalization of the Poor

Harris County, Texas encompasses a vast amount of land in the greater Houston area. The county has a population of 4.653 million Texans. It is the nation’s fourth-largest city with the third-largest jail population. The overloaded and overworked jail system is rampant with thousands of Texans serving time while awaiting trial because they cannot afford bail. The bail system has led to the unjust incarceration of poor defendants who cannot pay their bond. It has also led to the gross misconduct of judges. There have been several instances of judges increasing defendants’ bail with petty justifications. The system discriminates against poor and presumably innocent defendants. In 2016, three people with misdemeanors charges filed a lawsuit against the county under allegations of unfair incarceration because of excessive bail amounts. The following… Read more »