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Dallas County's bail system is unfair to the financially challenged, federal court rules

from The Dallas Morning News

In a major victory for civil rights groups, a federal judge has banned Dallas County from using a predetermined schedule to set bail without considering other amounts or alternatives that would allow the suspects' release from jail. Though U.S. District Judge David Godbey's order is temporary, his ruling indicated that the groups that sued the county earlier this year "are substantially likely to prevail on the merits" of their arguments. more

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