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"Kankakee judge rules portion of SAFE-T Act addressing Illinois bail reform unconstitutional," by Christian Piekos, ABC 7 Chicago, December 29, 2022
"Illinois will become the first state to do away with cash bail," by Mawa Iqbal, WBEZ, December 28, 2022
"Misleading news media reports blamed for backlash against New York bail reforms," by Denis Slattery, New York Daily News, December 15, 2022
"Study: Federal magistrates, prosecutors misunderstand bail law, jailing people who should go free," by Tami Abdollah, USA Today, December 07, 2022
"Opinion: Bail reform is working. Why are Democrats running away from it?," by Scott Hechinger and Dyjuan Tatro, NBC News, December 03, 2022
"Editorial: California still violates the Constitution on bail," by the Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, November 29, 2022
"‘If I could buy freedom, I would’: LA residents who can’t afford bail sue to change system," by Sam Levin, The Guardian, November 14, 2022
"‘Failure of the system’: Case of deaf man killed in Baltimore’s jail was mired in delays," by Lea Skene and Lilly Price, The Baltimore Sun, November 11, 2022
"Commercial Bail Industry ‘Exploits’ U.S. Legal System: Paper," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, October 07, 2022
"Opinion: Legal experts: Data shows that New Jersey’s bail reform works ," by Charles McKenna and John Koufos, NJ.com, September 19, 2022
"L.A. Ended a Zero-Bail COVID Rule, and Now the Jail Population Is Growing ," Nili Blanck, The Appeal, September 07, 2022
"Alabama County’s Bail System Withstands Constitutional Challenge," by Bernie Pazanowski, Bloomberg Law, August 01, 2022
"Bail Reform Helps Countless People. Why Don’t We Hear More of Their Stories?," by Bryce Covert, The Appeal, July 19, 2022
"Detroit cash bail reforms to strike at racial inequality," by Aaron Morrison, Associated Press, July 12, 2022
"Chicago judge pushes back after mayor says those charged with violent crimes ‘are guilty’," by Dave Byrnes, Courthouse News Service, June 07, 2022