Houston Judges to Use New Pretrial Release Program

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Criminal justice reform advocates say U.S. bail systems unfairly keep low-income defendants, many of whom are minorities arrested for nonviolent crimes, in jail for too long, which not only leads to overcrowding but can affect the outcome of their cases. In Houston's Harris County, the nation's third most populous county, officials have launched a $5.3 million reform plan, including a $2 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the Associated Press Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!