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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, January 24, 2022

"60% of people awaiting trial can't afford bail. A civil rights commission can't agree on reform."

From USA Today, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

U.S. jails are increasingly holding people who have not been convicted of a crime even as overall prison numbers decreased this past decade, with the vast majority of pretrial detainees being people of color who can’t afford their cash bail.

That's according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Among its takeaway is that 60% of people awaiting trial remain in jail, at greater cost to taxpayers, simply because they can't afford bail, commission chair Norma Cantú told reporters in a phone call Thursday.

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