The Bail Project – Cleveland serves people incarcerated at the Cuyahoga County Jail in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and the Cleveland Municipal Court systems.
A year after Cleveland Municipal Court implemented pretrial services, the number of people returning to their court dates went up, proving that cash bail was less effective bringing people to court than a system of reminders. Cuyahoga County, meanwhile, spent two years outlining a system for pretrial services and a new “matrix” that would ease bail amounts in some cases – nevertheless, it would preserve bail in the county’s criminal legal system. Ohio is also distinguished as one of the first states to endorse, and then seemingly backtrack, on the use of pretrial algorithms as part of statewide bail reforms.
The number of people incarcerated pretrial in Cuyahoga County nearly tripled between 1970 and 2017.
Latinos are incarcerated at a rate of six times higher than whites. Black people are incarcerated at a rate about five times higher than whites.
There were nine times as many women jailed in Cuyahoga County in 2017 as there were in 1970.
As of 2017, the pretrial population in Cuyahoga County was higher than both the state and national average.
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