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Americans favor expanded pretrial release, limited use of jail

from The Pew Charitable Trusts

U.S. jails handled more than 10 million admissions in 2016, many of which were for people who had not been convicted of a crime. Instead, they were held after arrest but before trial. Whether a person is sent to jail or released after an arrest is determined by a complex web of state laws; court rules; local customs; and decisions by individual law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges and others. more

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