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NYC to eliminate bond for nonviolent offenders
Al Jazeera America
New York City officials recently announced that people arrested for nonviolent, low-level crimes will no longer need to post bail to be freed before trial. Starting in 2016, the $18 million policy reform will create a system of supervision, text message alerts about court dates and drug treatment programs for low-level offenders, according to The Associated Press.
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With city's jails jammed, Kenney is latest to mull bail reform
Philly.com
As New York City prepares to do away with cash bail for thousands of low-level offenders charged with nonviolent crimes, Jim Kenney is weighing a bail proposal for Philadelphia, part of a broader plan to address the city's overcrowded prisons in the event that he wins the mayor's office this fall.
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Indiana county's inmates may soon post bail with credit card
The Associated Press via WSBT-TV
Inmates at a southern Indiana jail soon might be able to use a credit card to get out of jail. Floyd County Jail inmates held in the Ohio River city of New Albany currently have to use cash or go through a bondsman to post bail.
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Ankle bracelet breakdown
WFXT-TV
There is new evidence that Massachusetts is having trouble keeping track of thousands of accused and convicted criminals who are wearing ankle bracelets. It comes just three months after a Northeastern University School of Journalism investigation found the state's electronic monitoring equipment is unreliable. You know there's a problem when a superior court judge refuses to make accused and convicted criminals wear GPS electronic monitoring ankle bracelets.
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Mexico manhunt for fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman
BBC News
Security forces in Mexico are searching for one of the world's most powerful drug lords, Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, following his recent escape from a maximum-security jail.
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California counties find issues with GPS company monitoring criminals
KNSD-TV
GPS has important applications for most everyone, from the military to daily commuters. GPS technology is used to track thousands of convicted criminals nationwide, including in San Diego County where Sentinel Offender Services monitors more than 250 pretrial defendants, sentenced offenders and parolees.
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Bounty Hunters Dog and Beth Chapman named in lawsuit
Hawaii News Now
Hawaii's celebrity bounty hunters Dog and Beth Chapman are heading to court. A former cast member claims the couple ruined his life, so he's suing for $30 million dollars. The defamation lawsuit was filed by rival bail bondsman Chuck Fisher in U.S. District Court. It accuses the Chapmans and their shows producers intentionally made him look like a crook and put him out of business.
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