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September 4, 2018
Dallas County’s Secret Bail Machine
A lawsuit is challenging private hearings that take just seconds.
Mustafa Z. Mirza
August 30, 2018
So Much for The Great California Bail Celebration
The first state to abolish cash bail. Why are proponents so unhappy?
August 6, 2018
Senators Take Aim at Bail Industry Backers
Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown, both Democrats, want answers from the insurance industry.
How We Reported Our Mississippi Bond Story: A Guide to Our Methodology
A unique database offered an unprecedented look at the lucrative business.
July 13, 2018
Petty Charges, Princely Profits
But a haven for bail bondsmen is getting less friendly.
October 22, 2017
Bad Bail Practices and Immigration Policy Led To My Client’s Death At Rikers
Selmin Feratovic might be alive today if not for our deeply broken system.
August 31, 2017
I Set a Defendant Free And Got Blamed When He Raped Someone
A judge explains how he decides whether to release a defendant before trial without bail — and how it can go bad.
June 1, 2017
I’m a Bail Bondsman Who’s Tired of Being Demonized
A small business owner fights back against changes in the bail industry.
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September 7, 2016
When the Money Runs out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?
Massive caseloads, long wait lists, group plea deals, and other realities of a funding crisis.
August 23, 2016
Bail Reformers Aren’t Waiting for Bail Reform
They’re using charity to set poor defendants free.