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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