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How does the bail system work — and how equitable is it?

from The Times-Picayune

There are only two countries in the world that require someone accused of a crime to put up cash or financial assets to stay out of jail while awaiting trial: the Philippines, and the United States. The so-called cash bail system has come under fire in recent years from critics, including the U.S. Department of Justice, who say it is unconstitutional and unfairly punishes low-income people. But in New Orleans, bail is part of the fuel that funds Criminal District Court. more


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