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Bail reform and the cost of pretrial detention

from The Frederick News-Post

The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is a safeguard against excessive punishment. It reads, "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." In Frederick County and around Maryland, people who present no threat to public safety sit in jail awaiting a trial to establish their guilt, or in some cases, their innocence. They sit in jail at substantial cost to the taxpayer instead of working or caring for their family and paying taxes. more

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