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Cash bail is an important incentive to appear in court

from San Antonio Express-News

Commentary criticizing the Texas appearance bond system and the judges who administer it following the deaths of jail inmates in Bexar County is unjustified. The principal criticism of the system is that it is a "cash bail system" and is inherently unfair because it discriminates against poor defendants. Contrary to the implication that a defendant always is required to expend "cash" to be released from jail, there are three types of appearance bonds in Texas. more

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