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Reverend Jesse Jackson Supports Reforming Harris County’s Bail System

A federal judge has ordered the county to release some misdemeanor defendants who couldn’t pay for bail

Reverend Jesse Jackson (fourth from the left) expressed his support for reforming Harris County’s bail system during a meeting held on July 9, 2018, in Houston, which was organized by Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

Reverend Jesse Jackson expressed this week his support for reforming Harris County’s bail system, which is the subject of ongoing litigation.

Jackson participated in an event held Monday with civil rights leaders.

The event was organized by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, who represents Precinct One and supports the reform. Jackson noted that “the narrative must be to lift up America’s children, not lock them up. Schools cost less than jails and have far greater results.”

Several local civil rights leaders and organizations contend the county’s bail system unfairly punishes people who don’t have the money to pay for release.

Last month a federal judge ordered the county to release some misdemeanor defendants who couldn’t pay for bail. That order goes into effect at the end of this month.

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Davis Land

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General Assignments Reporter

Davis Land is a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media/Transom.org in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a...

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