How a North Carolina County Became a ‘Laboratory’ for Bail Reform

In 2014, North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County defied skeptics by adopting a pretrial risk assessment tool aimed at reducing the number of people in jail awaiting trial because they could not afford money bail. Other states should take note, write two reform advocates.

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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.