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Hawaii's bail system keeps poor people in jail longer — so where's the fix?

from Civil Beat

When a Judiciary-led task force delivers its recommendations to legislators about how to improve Hawaii's pretrial legal system, there apparently will be no call for comprehensive reform of the money bail system used to release some defendants after their initial arrest. That would disappoint advocates of criminal justice reform who want Hawaii to follow the lead of other states like New Jersey, which overhauled its entire bail system in 2017, or California, which this year became the first state to rid itself of the cash bail system entirely. more


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