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"Lawsuit challenges Utah’s cash-based bail system," by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, October 04, 2021
"2020 uptick in homicides doesn't mean criminal justice reforms aren't working," by Alexander Horwitz and Ames Grawert, Yahoo News, October 04, 2021
"Courts: Pretrial release doesn’t fuel violent crime," by Olivier Uyttebrouck and Matthew Reisen, Albuquerque Journal, September 15, 2021
"Rikers prisoner dies after NYC jailers wouldn’t take him to court, refused $1 bail payment — ‘They didn’t listen,’ says anguished mom," by Graham Rayman, New York Daily News, September 10, 2021
"Texas governor signs controversial bail reform bill," by Cameron Langford, Courthouse News Service, September 13, 2021
"The Constitution Prohibits Excessive Bail and Fines, But Minors In Michigan Face Hefty Fees," by Tia Graham, WDET, September 03, 2021
"Pretrial supervision fees," by Courthouse News Service Staff, Courthouse News Service, August 10, 2021
"The Human Cost Of Bail," by Patrick Orsagos, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, August 03, 2021
"A Texas GOP Bill Would Make It Harder For Nonprofits To Bail People Out Of Jail," by Jen Rice, NPR, July 29, 2021
"Gov. Greg Abbott has lifted almost all Texas pandemic restrictions. But not the one limiting jail releases.," by Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune, June 10, 2021
"Full Fifth Circuit Hears Dispute Over Dallas Bail System," by Sabrina Canfield, Courthouse News Service, May 26, 2021
"Study links short stays at Cook County Jail early in the pandemic to the spread of COVID-19 in Black and Latino neighborhoods after inmates’ release," by Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, May 11, 2021
"Minnesota Public Radio: Cash bail and its effect on criminal justice in the United States," by Chris Farrell and Lindsay Guentzel, Minnesota Public Radio, April 30, 2021
"Three years after federal lawsuit, how is bail set for Dallas arrestees?," Dallas Morning News, April 25, 2021
"Texas Senate approves bail bill that would keep more people in jail if they can’t post cash bonds," by Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune, April 14, 2021