Courts: Something Mother Would Like

It is one of the proudest tenets of American law that any accused person is innocent until proved guilty. Yet each year thousands of Americans who have been charged with a crime but not yet brought to trial spend weeks and sometimes months in prison. They stay behind bars simply because they cannot afford the price of bail. In an effort to correct the inequities of a practice that, in effect, discriminates against the poor, 450 judges, district attorneys, lawyers, and police from all 50 states gathered in Washington for the first National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice.


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