Legal Challenges Mount Nationally Against Cash Bail System

A Washington D.C. legal aid center is seeking to abolish the country’s so-called cash bail system. They suggest that requiring criminal suspects to post bail or stay in jail pending trial treats poor defendants unfairly.

The Equal Justice Under Law center has filed seven lawsuits across the country seeking to abolish the cash-bail system. It has succeeded in changing the bail policies in four, smaller Southern jurisdictions.

It filed its latest lawsuit in October, challenging San Francisco’s bail system. Center lawyer Phil Telfeyan says if a judge strikes down San Francisco’s bail system, similar policies in the state’s 57 other counties will also have to be changed.

A judge will decide in next month whether to temporarily suspend the bail system until the lawsuit is resolved.

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Now in his third year as News Director at KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake, Chad is a jack of not all, but many trades. He spent previous years of his working life in hotel management, event planning, security, the aviation industry, staff writing for a newspaper, and as a small business owner. He began doing play-by-play of high school sports for KDNS and KZDY in 2009 and came to work full time for the stations in July of 2015. He is the father of an eight year old daughter who enjoys spending his free time with her, his very significant other and her children. His favorite activities include attending live music and sporting events as well as being a singer/songwriter. A natural conversationalist, he also enjoys a good discussion/debate on a myriad of topics from current events and politics to sports and philosophy. He resides in Beloit with his daughter and continues to write sports and meeting stories for the local newspaper.