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Officials: Bail System Contributes to Overcrowded Jails

We explore recent calls for comprehensive bail reform. Some argue judges under the current system are contributing to overcrowded jails by setting bonds too high, leaving defendants accused of low-level crimes who may pose no flight risk or threat to society imprisoned, simply because they can’t afford to post bail. We talk it over with […]

We explore recent calls for comprehensive bail reform. Some argue judges under the current system are contributing to overcrowded jails by setting bonds too high, leaving defendants accused of low-level crimes who may pose no flight risk or threat to society imprisoned, simply because they can’t afford to post bail.

We talk it over with Houston City Councilmember Michael Kubosh and Brandon Dudley, chief of staff for State Sen. Rodney Ellis.

MORE: Harris County Being Eyed for Bail Reform (Houston Chronicle, June 26, 2015)

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