Harris County approves historic bail deal, ends ‘irreparable harm’

2019-08-15

Harris County Commissioners Court approved a historic settlement Tuesday fixing a bail system a federal judge found unconstitutional, ushering in a new era for criminal justice in one of the country's largest metropolitan areas.

The vote came after months of intensive negotiations between the county and lawyers for indigent misdemeanor defendants who sued over a two-tiered system that jailed people prior to trial if they couldn't pay cash bail up front but allowed people with similar backgrounds and charges to resume their lives by awaiting trial at home.

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Posted by: Pat Monks