Wednesday, July 22, 2020
"Recently, civil rights organizations have sued jurisdictions in Tennessee and across the country for setting money bail without adequate due process," writes Willie Santana in the current issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal. "These lawsuits in essence contend that courts are setting unaffordable money bail on the indigent accused in violation of their constitutional rights and that wealth-based discrimination against presumptively innocent accused persons is unconstitutional." Santana details how these practices are both detrimental and counterproductive to the goals of the criminal justice system, and explains that it does not have to be that way, especially not in Tennessee. Read "Cash on the Barrelhead: Money, Bail, Law and Practice."
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