American Bar Association continues to campaign for bail reform
The American Bar Association has declared war on the cash bail bond system, which it sees as crowding the nation's jails with people who have not been convicted of a crime, but because &mdsah; despite their constitutional presumption of innocence — they are too poor to come up with bail payments to guarantee they'll appear for trial. The ABA claims pre-trial detentions cost state and local governments $14 billion annually and account for about one-third of their prisoners.
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