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Texas Judicial Council says bail reform could save $190 million a year

from Austin American-Statesman

Aiming to assist indigent defendants in criminal court and save the state up to $190 million a year, policymakers are pushing for wider access to a program that allows people charged with low-level offenses to get out of jail without posting a large amount of bail. Up to a quarter of the 41,000 inmates in Texas awaiting trials pose little threat to the public, according to data from Dallas and Bexar counties reviewed by Texas Judicial Council. But under current laws, those people are locked up because they can't afford to post bail or have been flagged, perhaps unfairly, as flight risks. more

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