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Groups supporting the mentally ill bash jail bill

from The News & Observer

Eleven groups have joined to fight a bill that would end pre-trial release programs and require mentally ill people to stay in jail for 48 hours after arrest. Thirty-two counties run pre-trial release programs, which try to prevent jail overcrowding by monitoring defendants who are released without bond prior to their court date. Under the bill, pretrial release employees would not be able to interview defendants for at least 48 hours after their arrest. more

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