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Epi 108: Bail denied: Turning a wealth-based system into a risk-based system
October 18, 2016 National Center for State Courts
Host: Jesse Rutledge
Guest: New Mexico Chief Justice Charles Daniels

In many states, dangerous defendants or those who pose as flight risks can buy their way out of jail before trial if they have access to the money required to post bail -- while large numbers of poorer defendants who are neither dangerous nor flight risks are locked up simply for lack of money. Today, several state court systems are reforming this system of pre-trial justice, or injustice, as many are calling it.
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