Harris County reaches landmark settlement over ‘unconstitutional’ bail system

2019-07-28

By Gabrielle Banks and Zach Despart Updated 3:16 pm CDT, Friday, July 26, 2019

A long-awaited settlement in Harris County’s historic bail lawsuit won tentative approval Friday from all parties, setting up a possible end to a contentious system that kept poor people behind bars on low-level charges while those with money could walk free.

The agreement — if approved by a federal judge and county officials — would formally adopt the judge’s findings and modernize the way local officials handle bail hearings for the steady stream of people arrested every day on misdemeanors.

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