TOO POOR TO MAKE BAIL? THEY’LL CAGE YOU FOR THAT: LAWSUIT EXPOSES HORRORS OF THE US INJUSTICE SYSTEM
A Texas jail has been caging people who are too poor to afford bail, according to a new lawsuit.
Harris County Jail – the largest in Texas and the third largest in the US – is accused of keeping most of its incarcerated population locked up for misdemeanors because they can’t afford bail or trial.
Now, Harris County, Sheriff Ron Hickman, and five bail-hearing magistrates are being sued by the human rights group Equal Justice Under Law for discriminating against poor prisoners.