How the Bail Industry (Successfully) Flexes Its Political Muscles

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When New Mexicans voted on Election Day to change their state’s constitution, altering the bail process [in that state], they did much more than simply okay a new amendment.

They unwittingly endorsed a proposal engineered by a well-oiled lobbying effort by the state’s bail bondsmen who wanted to preserve their industry. In New Mexico, Louisiana, Maryland, and anywhere legislative efforts attempt to end cash bail, the bail industry fights back.

Their lobbying machine spins up, letters are . . .

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