The Bail Project – Charlotte serves people incarcerated at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center Central in the Mecklenburg County 26th Judicial District court system.
Mecklenburg County is home to North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte, and implemented bail reforms in 2019 that abolished fixed bond amounts for various charges. Judges now individually set bonds based on their assessments of a person’s likelihood of fleeing, committing a new crime or tampering with a witness. The county has also seen an increase in electronic monitoring in the last several years, something local law enforcement has pushed back on.
The number of people incarcerated pretrial in Mecklenburg County more than tripled between 1970 and 2008, but has since declined to a little less than double the rate in 1970.
Black people are jailed over three times as much as whites in Mecklenburg County.
The number of women incarcerated pretrial in Mecklenburg County more than doubled from 1970 to 2017.
The number of people incarcerated pretrial statewide in North Carolina was seven times higher in 2013 than in 1978.
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