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California abolishes money bail with a landmark law

California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark criminal justice bill into law Tuesday making the state the first to abolish cash bail, transitioning toward a system that gives judges discretion to decide who can go home and who must ...

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Unlikely bipartisan duo team up on bail bill

WASHINGTON — Three years ago when he was starting to run for president, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke with then-California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris about his proposals to reduce the rates at which convicted criminals commit new crimes and ...

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Groups begin bailing out strangers to free poor from jail

In this Dec. 22, 2016 photo, Lavette Mayes talks with Max Suchan who co-founded the Chicago Community Bond Fund in Chicago. Mayes, was arrested for the first time after she got into a fight with her mother-in-law, spent more than a year in Cook County Jail unable to come up with $25,000 needed to post bond. The mother of two, said she "lost everything before the CCBF got her out. Mayes resolved her aggravated battery case a few months after she got out and was sentenced to one day in prison, with credit for the 571 days already served. (AP Photo by Sara Burnett)

CHICAGO — Activists who say too many poor people are unfairly languishing in U.S. jails because they can’t afford to post cash bail are increasingly deploying a new tactic: Bailing out strangers. Community groups are collecting donations from individuals, churches, ...

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Cuomo signs law to help low-income defendants

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation that will allow the creation of charitable organizations in New York state which could post up to $2,000 in bail for low-income defendants charged with misdemeanor crimes.   “It is unacceptable for defendants ...

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Bail: United States v. English

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Bail Danger to Community — Flight Risk United States v. English 10-3258-cr Appealed from the Southern District of New York Background: This appeal is from an order denying defendants’ motions for bail pending trial, ...

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Report: Bail penalizes NYC’s poor defendants

NEW YORK CITY — Thousands of people arrested each year on minor charges in New York City cannot afford to post bail and on average spend 16 days in jail while awaiting trial, according to a new report by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch.

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Terror case suspect held without bail

NEW YORK CITY — A man has been ordered held without bail in New York on charges he lied to authorities after devising a failed plot to desert from the U.S. military and join insurgents in Iraq. Abdel Hameed Shehadeh appeared briefly Tuesday ...

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