Major Momentum Shift: Texas Legislature Squarely Rejects New Jersey-Style Bail Reform
As the gavel came down last night in Austin and the Texas Legislature adjourned sine die, a historic attempt by Senator John Whitmire and Chief Justice Nathan Hecht to undo Texas’s bail system was soundly defeated as the clock finally ran out on the legislation. Senate Bill 1338 and companion legislation would have implemented New…
After nearly a year of litigation, a U.S. District Judge in Houston issued a partial injunction against the Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judges on Friday, April 28, 2017. While reading the 193 page order could take the average lawyer weeks to understand, the injunction order clearly was limited to misdemeanor cases only. Basically,…
Atlanta, GA–Today, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals vacated a grant of a preliminary injunction in the federal bail case of Walker v. Calhoun, Georgia, where District Judge Harold Murphy granted an injunction against the city because the city’s bail system discriminated against people based on their wealth. The Court of Appeals…
NO MONEY BAIL ACT
THE 10% CASH DEPOSIT BAIL SCHEME
• AKA The 90% Discount •
Over the last many years courts in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina and others have started using bail to guarantee payment of court fines and costs rather than the defendant’s appearance in court.
The result is, the courts have raised a lot of money at the expense of thousands of failures to appear, thousands of unserved warrants and profound negative impact on public safety and justice for victims of crime.
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