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"The death of a woman in custody is throwing light on Rhode Island's probation rules," by Olivia Ebertz, NPR, June 04, 2023
"Opinion: ‘Felony arrest’ data shouldn’t determine criminal justice policy," by Scott Hechinger, City & State New York, May 27, 2023
"Judge Reinstates ‘Zero Bail’ Policy in Los Angeles," by Meg O'Connor, The Appeal, May 18, 2023
"Judge blocks the use of pre-arraignment cash bail in LA," by Hillel Aron, Courthouse News Service, May 16, 2023
"Judge asked to dump cash bail system in Los Angeles," by Hillel Aron, Courthouse News Service, March 27, 2023
"Kankakee judge rules portion of SAFE-T Act addressing Illinois bail reform unconstitutional," by Christian Piekos, ABC 7 Chicago, December 29, 2022
"Illinois will become the first state to do away with cash bail," by Mawa Iqbal, WBEZ, December 28, 2022
"Misleading news media reports blamed for backlash against New York bail reforms," by Denis Slattery, New York Daily News, December 15, 2022
"Study: Federal magistrates, prosecutors misunderstand bail law, jailing people who should go free," by Tami Abdollah, USA Today, December 07, 2022
"Opinion: Bail reform is working. Why are Democrats running away from it?," by Scott Hechinger and Dyjuan Tatro, NBC News, December 03, 2022
"Editorial: California still violates the Constitution on bail," by the Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, November 29, 2022
"‘If I could buy freedom, I would’: LA residents who can’t afford bail sue to change system," by Sam Levin, The Guardian, November 14, 2022
"‘Failure of the system’: Case of deaf man killed in Baltimore’s jail was mired in delays," by Lea Skene and Lilly Price, The Baltimore Sun, November 11, 2022
"Commercial Bail Industry ‘Exploits’ U.S. Legal System: Paper," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, October 07, 2022
"Opinion: Legal experts: Data shows that New Jersey’s bail reform works ," by Charles McKenna and John Koufos, NJ.com, September 19, 2022