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"OTHER VOICES: In the American bail system, liberty comes at a hefty price," by Mark Holden, Bakersfield.com, October 24, 2020
"Study Finds People Will Spend Less Time in Jail if California Bans Cash Bail," by Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News Service, October 20, 2020
"Trapped: Cash Bail In America," by Real Stories, Chris L. Jenkins, and Garrett Hubbard, YouTube Originals, October 12, 2020
"California’s cash bail system favors the rich. Would replacing it help people of color?," by Nadia Lopez, The Fresno Bee, September 16, 2020
"130 Chicago Pretrial Detainees Jailed For Five Years," by Crime and Justice News, The Crime Report, September 11, 2020
"Bail injustice in the time of COVID-19," by Doug Colbert and Colin Starger, The Baltimore Sun, September 07, 2020
"New York Watchdogs Lack Data To Track Judges' Compliance With Bail Reform," by Steven Yoder, The Appeal, September 09, 2020
"Report: Harris County’s bail reforms let more people out of jail before trial without raising risk of reoffending," by Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune, September 03, 2020
"With Coronavirus Cases In Jail Rising, A Bail Fund Steps Up Its Work," by Jacob Ryan, NPR, September 02, 2020
"Pretrial Risk Assessment Is Biased And Indefensible," by Jeffrey Clayton, Law360, August 30, 2020
"California Supreme Court Rules Financial Status Must Be Considered for Bail," by Martin Macias Jr, Courthouse News Service, August 27, 2020
"COVID, cash bail and ‘drive-by therapy’: a deadly combination," by Kelan Lyons, CT Mirror, August 18, 2020
"Lawmakers advance more than a dozen proposals reducing but not eliminating cash bail," by Riley Snyder, The Nevada Independent , August 18, 2020
"Criminal Justice Advocates Say New Law Undermines Georgia's Efforts At Bail Reform," by Victoria Law, The Appeal, August 12, 2020
"Will Californians Vote to Eliminate Cash Bail in November?," by Alexander Lekhtman, Filter, August 10, 2020