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'Just because somebody can make bail doesn't make them safer'

from Voice of San Diego

It's a Thursday afternoon outside Judge David Szumowski's courtroom at San Diego's Central Courthouse. Felony arraignment begins at 2:15, but well before then, the benches in the hallway are nearly full, many with family and friends of defendants still in custody, unable to post bail. They're hoping their presence in the courtroom might convince Szumowski to lower bail, maybe even agree to a rare no-bail release. Over the last two months, Szumowski has been more cautious in making bail decisions. As of Oct. 1, arraignment judges in San Diego County no longer receive risk-assessment reports on each defendant. more

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