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Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Propose Bill To Eliminate Cash Bail on Misdemeanors

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A bill that would eliminate cash bail on misdemeanors is scheduled to go before the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee this week. Criminal justice reform advocates say House Bill 1618 creates a presumption against cash bail and restores the presumption of innocence. Proponents of cash bail often argue it ensures people will show up for their court dates, but opponents say the system causes more harm than good when alleged offenders can't come up with 10 percent of their bond.

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