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ACLU Sues Galveston County Over Bail System

The suit includes several judges and the county District Attorney

A class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Texas names twelve Galveston County judges and magistrates along with Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady. The suit alleges the county’s bail system discriminates against people who can’t afford to post bail.

The filing follows a similar suit against Harris County from 2017. A federal appellate court upheld the suit in February 2018, recommending the county adopt hearing procedure for those who claim to be unable to afford bail.

“Systems like the one in Galveston County trap people in jail just because they can’t afford their money bail while letting other people charged with the same offense go free and it devastates the lives of people who can’t afford to purchase their freedom,” Trisha Trigilio, a lawyer with the ACLU told Houston Public Media. 

A lawyer for Galveston County says the county is reviewing the lawsuit. District Attorney Roady declined comment.

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