It's not illegal for inmates to have marijuana, but it's still a felony if they try to smoke it.
People charged—but not convicted—of crimes often have to wait weeks to see a judge if they’re too poor to pay for their freedom.
The jail, which saw several deaths, was overseen by former Sheriff David Clarke at the time.
"What started out as a clerical error magnified into a very regrettable and Kafkaesque mistake."
Magistrates don’t care whether defendants can pay, leaving the indigent stuck in jail before they’re ever convicted.
New Jersey is detaining almost half as many people pretrial, and the state is not seeing a big crime wave.
Justices leave intact a ruling allowing detention for 48 hours of those who cannot immediately pay for their release.
Conservative majority declines to consider constitutional concerns of holding noncitizens without hearings.
It's encouraging to see police stand up for inmates' rights.
Magistrates are supposed to consider the financial concerns of people who come before them. Instead they're tossing them behind bars.
Very high cash demands disrupt defendants' lives without improving public safety.
Defendants aren't being ordered to pay for their freedom, and they're still coming back for court appearances.
Inmates were left in the dark and frigid cold for a week, while families and lawyers were denied access.
Family files lawsuit after surveillance footage shows staff failing to get him medical help.
Spoiler alert: It wasn't heroin.
Class action claim contends 85 percent of people jailed before trial simply cannot afford to pay and aren't offered alternatives.
Harris County, Texas, Flashpoint of Bail Reform Battles, Will Mostly Eliminate Cash Demands in Minor Cases
Lawsuits playing out for three years spotlight how poor people end up trapped in jail even before being convicted.
Industry representatives succeed in forcing a referendum on reforms passed by lawmakers.
The punishment would certainly not fit the crime.
Taxpayers shell out big time to keep poor folks who haven't even been convicted of crimes behind bars.
She had a history of mental illness, and was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing in July.
Organization helps poor people cover costs to get out of jail before their trials. Why is this a problem?
Some people don't belong behind bars. This celebrity-launched criminal justice reform group wants to free them.
A law signed in August will eliminate cash bail entirely in the Golden State, and quite a few jobs in the process.
A sheriff in Etowah County purchased a $740,000 beach house with money intended to feed inmates.
The number of people being detained prior to trial has tripled over the course of three decades.
Rather than seeking medical attention for an inmate, 3 sheriff's deputies made jokes at his expense.
Headlines like this are appallingly common.
First and Last ignores the absurdity that many of its subjects are imprisoned, not to mention Gwinnett County Jail's own troubled record.
There are hardly any similarities between the 26-year-old suspect and the 53-year-old man who got arrested.
California Eliminated Cash Bail. Now Activists and Defenders Have to Make Sure the Replacement Isn't Worse.
The Golden State has a year to implement a new pretrial system, and there's a fear it could lead to more detentions.
The protesters may have broken the law, but two nights behind bars is a bit much.
The group fears the bill wouldn't really reduce unneeded pretrial detentions of the poor.
Changes in a bill have caused civil rights representatives to take a step back.
In many cases the sentence for missing a payment is harsher than the original conviction.
When half of a court's funding comes from criminal defendants, incentives get twisted.
Data and algorithms can help end biases, but they can also help perpetuate them.
The woman, who planned to give the shells away as gifts, did not realize she was breaking the law.