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Mesa County's touted pretrial services facing serious issues

from The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report

The pretrial services program in Mesa County, Colorado, has been a model for reducing jail overcrowding since it was created in 1989. But rising crime and the outcome of a pending sales tax vote could strain the program's offerings. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that the program helps judges decide who should be kept in jail before court appearances and who can be trusted to be released and show up in court. more

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