Better Pretrial Release Could Save Billions, Advocates Say

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Taxpayers spend $14 billion each year detaining defendants awaiting trial, most of whom would be low risks to release, contends the Pretrial Justice Institute in a new report on the costs of the bail system. About 63 percent of the nation's jail population, or more than 450,000 people on an average day, are jailed awaiting disposition of their cases. Taxpayers spend approximately $38 million . . .

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