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More defendants miss court date since some cash bonds dropped

from Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eliminating Atlanta Municipal Court's cash bond requirement for non-violent and poor offenders was the first initiative of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' administration, and six months later, it has proven to be most problematic. Implemented with the best of intentions, the bond reform system was meant to remove the burden on the poor who were charged with minor offenses, but nonetheless remained in jail for weeks or even months because they could not afford bail. more

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