New Orleans' Great Bail Reform Experiment

The U.S. is just one of two nations in the world with a money bail system (the other is the Philippines). The system means that people are held in jail while they wait for trial, unless they can afford to pay to go free. Defendants who can’t pay their way out of jail often lose their jobs, homes, children, and sometimes even their lives.

Courts across the country are starting to face legal and legislative challenges to their bail systems. And New Orleans has become a key battleground, as...

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