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.
New court-made rules will require Missouri judges to start with the presumption that no bail is needed. If bail is assessed, it should be just high enough to “ensure safety or the defendant’s appearance,” the chief justice announced.
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.
Election officials on Wednesday certified a statewide referendum backed by a coalition of bail industry associations, verifying more than 400,000 signatures to qualify a measure for the ballot that would overturn a law passed to abolish the state’s money bail system.
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.
After becoming warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, Margaret Chippendale noticed that women were leaving the system a lot heavier than when they arrived. She has cut about 1,000 calories a day from a 3,200-calorie menu filled with carbs.