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Oklahoma legislature to consider bail reform as pretrial jail time keeps people locked up

from KFOR-TV

Eight in 10 inmates sitting in the Oklahoma County jail are awaiting trial. Many can't afford bond, leading to overcrowding where safety concerns are a constant issue. With county jails bursting at the seams across our state, many advocates said something has to change about how we lock up people accused of crimes. "A huge majority of people in the Oklahoma County jail are on misdemeanor bonds. They cannot afford $100," criminal defense attorney Jacqui Ford said. more

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