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Atlanta to reform bail system jailing some too poor to pay

from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta's new mayor is pushing to eliminate the use of cash bail for poor defendants accused of low-level offenses. The move comes after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that some indigent people were spending months in the crowded Fulton County Jail for nuisance crimes like panhandling and disorderly conduct. The Southern Center for Human Rights has challenged the city's cash bond system and warned it could be unconstitutional. more

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