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Bail system creates another hurdle for poor defendants, including recent protestors

from Baltimore City Paper

Baltimore police arrested Dominick Torrence, a 29-year-old black man, on April 28 and charged him with disorderly conduct and rioting on North Avenue and Fulton Street; they say he was part of a group throwing rocks, bricks, and bottles at a fire truck. Swept up in the rioting and protests after Freddie Gray's death, he was taken to jail. He has never been convicted of a violent offense. His bail was set at $250,000. This is the same bail set for two of the six police officers charged in Gray's death. more

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