Jail Inmates Sue Over County’s Cash Bail System

A group of North Carolina jail inmates are challenging a county’s cash bail requirements, saying the system unfairly jails the poor while letting people with money go home.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court on behalf of three Alamance County jail inmates who say they can’t afford cash bail amounts of more than $1,000. Two of the inmates are only facing misdemeanor charges.

ACLU lawyers argue the county violates the inmates’ rights because they are presumed innocent while awaiting trial yet remain confined because they can’t afford bail. The ACLU is seeking class-action status.

A judge and magistrates named as defendants declined comment through staff members.


BY: Associated Press

PUBLISHED: Hartford Courant


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