Bail-reform advocates dispute fairness of cash bail for low-level offenders

NC court officials, judges and magistrates increasingly call for bail-reform so low-level, misdemeanor defendants can leave jail before their trials. Cash bonds and unsecured bonds often keep defendants behind bars because they cannot pay.
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NC court officials, judges and magistrates increasingly call for bail-reform so low-level, misdemeanor defendants can leave jail before their trials. Cash bonds and unsecured bonds often keep defendants behind bars because they cannot pay.

Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.