Federal Court Rules Against Dallas’ Money Bail System - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Sep 24, 2018
A U.S. District judge in Dallas issued a temporary order last week saying the county’s post-arrest procedures routinely violate inmates’ constitutional rights, The Texas Tribune reports. Judge David Godbey said that county must now stop the practice of imposing pre-set bail bond amounts. “Wealthy arrestees — regardless of the crime they are accused of — who are offered secured bail can pay the requested amount and leave,” Godbey wrote. “Indigent arrestees in the same position cannot.”