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"Minnesota Public Radio: Cash bail and its effect on criminal justice in the United States," by Chris Farrell and Lindsay Guentzel, Minnesota Public Radio, April 30, 2021
"Three years after federal lawsuit, how is bail set for Dallas arrestees?," Dallas Morning News, April 25, 2021
"Texas Senate approves bail bill that would keep more people in jail if they can’t post cash bonds," by Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune, April 14, 2021
"Utah’s Bail Reform Law Will Be Repealed in May. What Happens Next?," by Sonja Hutson, KUER, March 30, 2021
"Historic California Bail Ruling Leaves Pretrial Detention Question Unanswered," by Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News Service, March 26, 2021
"Bail Cannot Be Imposed Without Considering Ability to Pay, CA High Court Rules," by Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News Service, March 25, 2021
"Bills to Set Bail at $0 in California Pass Initial Hurdles," by Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News Service, March 23, 2021
"Virtually No One Is Dangerous Enough to Justify Jail," by Sandra Mayson and Megan Stevenson, The Appeal, March 15, 2021
"Opinion: The Presumption of Freedom," by Alison Siegler and Kate M. Harris, New York Times, February 24, 2021
"Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail ," by Maria Cramer, New York Times, February 23, 2021
"Did Illinois get bail reform right? Criminal justice advocates are optimistic," by Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, February 15, 2021
"California lawmakers propose $0 bail for misdemeanors, some felonies," by Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, January 28, 2021
"Illinois Poised To Become 1st State To Drop Cash Bail System," by Cheryl Corley, NPR, January 25, 2021
"Illinois poised to become first state to end wealth-based pre-trial detention," by Kiran Misra, The Guardian, January 21, 2021
"Bail Reform and Racial Justice," by TCR Staffe, The Crime Report, January 18, 2021