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Illinois is the first state to sign a law eliminating cash bail

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, has now signed criminal justice reform legislation that includes ending cash bail in 2023.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, has now signed criminal justice reform legislation that includes the change, ending cash bail in 2023.
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As jail costs pile up, one county is taking a new approach to community service

Apr 11, 2019
The opioid epidemic is filling jails. Wise County, Virginia, is looking for alternatives.
Mitzi Bowen, 44, of Wise, Virginia, cleans up after a resident moved out of the Commonwealth Apartments on Dec. 7, 2018. Bowen said she became addicted to opioids after her dentist prescribed Lortabs for tooth pain. "One day I woke up and I couldn't feel good without the pills," she said.
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Criminal justice measure poised to become law with bipartisan support

Dec 13, 2018
The proposed law would shift thousands of federal inmates out of prison and into transitional programs.
The proposed law would shift thousands of federal inmates out of prison and into transitional programs.
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NFL players lobby Congress for criminal justice reform

Mar 30, 2017
Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins are using their muscle to help push through bipartisan bills.
NFL players Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins have twice lobbied Congress for criminal justice reform.
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