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If you must set bail, make it achievable

from The Baltimore Sun

As a court rules committee considers whether to require Maryland judicial officers to set bail prices that defendants can afford, the student-lawyers I work with, who represented a dozen incarcerated people charged with non-violent crimes, wanted to share their experiences. Money, they have learned, decides liberty or jail for too many of Maryland's defendants, a fact that privileges the wealthy and others able to pay a bondsman's 10 percent, non-refundable fee. more

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