Philadelphia Eagles pay bail for nine people using social justice funds

BY OWEN DAUGHERTY | THEHILL.COM

"We recognize that the only reason that these people were in jail is because they couldn't afford to get out. If any of them had the resources I did, they would be out," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told ESPN. "So it's not a matter of public safety or being convicted of a crime, which they haven't yet, it's just they're simply too poor for their freedom."

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State weighs changes to bail system to reduce burden on the poor

BY LAURA LESLIE | WRAL

“Smith said the pilot, signed off by all parts of the justice system, encourages law enforcement in those counties to consider issuing a summons or citation instead of arresting people for non-violent and non-drug-related misdemeanors or low-level felonies. It also encourages magistrates to use a flowchart that defaults to unsecured bond instead of cash bail unless circumstances indicate otherwise.”

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105 New York City Inmates Freed in Bail Reform Experiment

BY JEFFERY C. MAYS | THE NEW YORK TIMES

“In October, hundreds of volunteers acting on behalf of the advocacy group posted $1.2 million in bail to free 105 people from Rikers Island and other city jails. Of the 90 who have since had scheduled court appearances, only two failed to show up as of Friday, according to the group.”

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Opinion | The Newest Jim Crow

BY MICHELLE ALEXANDER | THE NEW YORK TIMES

But what’s taking the place of cash bail may prove even worse in the long run. In California, a presumption of detention will effectively replace eligibility for immediate release when the new law takes effect in October 2019. And increasingly, computer algorithms are helping to determine who should be caged and who should be set “free.” Freedom — even when it’s granted, it turns out — isn’t really free.

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