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  1. The preliminary findings of non-profit Project Orange Jumpsuit–a three year longitudinal study of 7,500 randomly selected Harris County misdemeanor and felony defendants exposed the abuses of wealth-based detention. This study has been cited in the current Federal Class action suit against the bail policy established by misdemeanor judges. Report is posted on themisresearch website. Note: Project Orange Jumpsuit is the only on-going scientific cohort study of a major jurisdiction’s pretrial justice process tracking defendants’ legal and extra-legal attributes affecting bail status and types of bail on pretrial misconduct, pretrial release status effect on case outcome, sentence and recidivism. Also an analysis of profit bail fees and profit and public cost of detention and effects legal representation for indigent defendants.

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