Janice Dotson-Stephens, 61, died in jail on Friday after living there for months because nobody paid $30 to a bondsman to cover her bail. Dotson-Stephens was arrested in Bexar County, Texas, in July for criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Source: Texas Woman, 61, Dies in Jail After Sitting There for Months over $300 Bail Order
A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses an Arkansas judge of running an unconstitutional debtor’s prison, locking up defendants for low-level misdemeanor crimes, and suspending their driver’s licenses unless they fork over thousands in fines, even if they’re poor or unemployed.
Source: Arkansas Judge Sued Over Ruthless Cycle of Jailing of Those Who Can’t Pay Fines for Minor Crimes
Google : Today, we’re announcing a new policy to prohibit ads that promote bail bond services from our platforms. Studies show that for-profit bail bond providers make most of their revenue from communities of color and low income neighborhoods when they are at their most vulnerable, including through opaque financing offers that can keep people in debt for months or years.
Source: Google Bans Bail Bond Ads, Invites Regulation
Content originally published at iBankCoin.com Charlottesville’s DA, Warner D. “Dave” Chapman, is making an example of Cantwell, denying the ‘crying nazi’ bail for partaking in violence against members of ANTIFA in the Charlottesville fiasco.
Source: The ‘Crying Nazi’, Christopher Cantwell, Denied Bail for Charlottesville Pepper Spray Attack
Henry Ayo, a resident of East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana, says that when he appeared before a judge via closed-circuit television for his bail hearing on August 8, 2016, the judge did not ask him about himself or his case before she set his bail.
Source: ACLU Sues Louisiana Parish for Alleged Bail Extortion Scheme
Curious to see how criminal justice plays out when people aren’t stuck in cells simply because they can’t afford to get out? Keep an eye on New Jersey. At the start of 2017, that state essentially eliminated cash bail. This month the authorities there looked over their numbers and determined that New Jersey’s pre-trial jail population has dropped a full 20 percent .
Source: Plunge in Pretrial Jail Detention Follows Bail Reforms in New Jersey
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Defendants who are not considered dangerous will no longer have to stay in jail if they cannot afford to pay bail while awaiting trial in the Illinois county that includes Chicago, a circuit court judge ordered on Monday.
Source: Chicago Judge Rules Defendants Can’t Be Jailed Just Because They Can’t Afford Bail