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While Virginia studies cash bail alternatives, local prosecutors and judges increasingly take reform into their own hands

from Virginia Mercury via

Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Herring says he never got much in the way of training about how much money it takes to make sure someone charged with a crime stays out of trouble and shows up for court, the purpose of cash bail. "So, 20 or however many years ago when I was a junior commonwealth's attorney and the judge looked down at me and said 'Mr. Herring, what's your recommendation on bond?' I literally pulled it out of my ass," he says. more

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