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Jailed 80 Days, Homeless Man Sparks Furor Over New Orleans Bail Practices

Both the prosecutor and defender advised pretrial release of Matthew Aldous, who was caught writing  graffiti in the city’s historic district.  But a judge set his bail at $10,000, effectively placing behind bars an individual who advocates said should have been diverted to mental health services.

Houston Judges Agree on Major Bail Reform

A new slate of Democratic judges in Houston approved comprehensive revisions to Harris County’s bail system that could clear the way for thousands of people, regardless of income, to avoid spending time in jail while awaiting trial on minor offenses.

Signatures Will Put CA Bail Reform on Ballot, Industry Says

Bail bond companies leading a charge to overturn a new California law that would put them out of business say they have submitted 200,000 more signatures than needed to qualify their referendum for the 2020 state ballot. If the proposition is verified, the bail reform law would not go into effect next year as scheduled but would be put on hold until the election.