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"Should Money Decide Who is Kept in Jail? More Locations Are Saying No.," by Jamiles Lartey, The Marshall Project, September 30, 2023
"Editorial: Chief Moore and other bail reform critics are wrong. Cash bail should not be a form of punishment," by the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2023
"Court Watchers Prepare For the End of Cash Bail in Illinois," by Bryce Covert, Bolts, September 13, 2023
"California class action over prearraignment cash bail advances," by Hillel Aron, Courthouse News Service, August 01, 2023
"LA County courts to reduce reliance on cash bail in non-violent cases," by City News Service, ABC 7, July 19, 2023
"Eliminating cash bail puts Illinois firmly on road of criminal justice reform," by the CST Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, July 18, 2023
"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