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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 6, 2018
Senators Take Aim at Bail Industry Backers
Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown, both Democrats, want answers from the insurance industry.
July 13, 2018
Petty Charges, Princely Profits
But a haven for bail bondsmen is getting less friendly.
July 13, 2018
How We Reported Our Mississippi Bond Story: A Guide to Our Methodology
A unique database offered an unprecedented look at the lucrative business.
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.
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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August 23, 2016
Bail Reformers Aren’t Waiting for Bail Reform
They’re using charity to set poor defendants free.
November 12, 2015
Kentucky’s Protracted Struggle to Get Rid of Bail
‘Is there any better way than money’?
August 7, 2015
The Man Held on $9,999,999 Bail
How a Tennessee judge ensured that an accused cop-killer would not go free.
July 8, 2015
Stung by Abuses at Rikers, New York City Acts on Bail Reform
But the new program would not have helped Kalief Browder.