Suit Accuses LA Pretrial Services Firm of Extortion

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With the help of a judge, a pretrial services company in Baton Rouge has charged hundreds of inmates "ransom" in recent years by requiring they shell out hefty fees on top of their court-ordered bail before they can be released from jail, charges a new class-action lawsuit, The Advocate reports. The lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty . . .

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