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A federal judge ruled last week that St. Louis jails – including the infamous Workhouse where over 90% of people are detained pretrial – can’t incarcerate people simply because they can’t pay bail. The judge cited data from our St. Louis site in ruling that: “There is no evidence that financial conditions of release are more effective than alternatives for ensuring court appearance and public safety.” However, as of now, St. Louis courts are holding up new bail hearings for people entitled to them. Summarized by Jacob Koffler...

This piece from The Appeal looks at how "local media continues to rely on fearmongering police narratives in lieu of evidence and nuance." Using Chicago's CBS 2 as an example, it explores how local media outlets stoke unsubstantiated fears of threats to "public safety," and, in the process, contribute undeserved pushback to bail reform. A necessary exploration of how the presumption of innocence is undermined not only in our courts, but also in our culture. Summarized by Jacob Koffler...

In many states across the country, there are far too few hospital beds for mentally ill people, including people deemed incompetent to stand trial because of mental illness. In most cases, this means unconvicted people are sent to jail until a spot opens up, further exacerbating people's mental illnesses and placing them far away from adequate resources. This is a nationwide problem that "experts say may be linked to the downsizing of psychiatric hospitals and inadequate community mental-health resources." Summarized by: Jacob Koffler...