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Justice Department Says People Can’t Be Jailed Because They Can’t Afford Bail

The criminal justice system has several holes in its processes that have existed for generations. That’s no surprise. But, thanks to President Obama’s latest efforts to reform some of the most flawed and common legal practices, a new trend is developing.

The Justice Department recently filed a brief claiming that it’s unconstitutional to jail people simply because they can’t afford to pay bail, according to NBC

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Women Jailed at a Faster Rate than Men, Two-Thirds are Women of Color

According to the New York Times, a new study from the Vera Institute of Justice shows that the number of women in jails in the United States is increasing more quickly than the number of men in jails. The majority of these women are black or Hispanic and many are also low-income. The study suggests the increasing rate of female inmates has been overlooked by criminal justice reform efforts.

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Judge Serves 24 Hour Jail Sentence With Fellow Veteran

It’s often said that the bond of those who serve in the military is unrivaled by any other. Even veterans that didn’t serve together often feel a connection because of their shared experiences and they sometimes look out for each other when the opportunity presents itself.

Well, that’s exactly what happened when Sgt. Joseph Serna walked into North Carolina District Court Judge Lou Olivera’s courtroom. Olivera, himself a Gulf War veteran, heard Serna’s trial for violating probation by lying about a urine test and chose to sentence him to 24 hours in prison, according to the Root. Not only did Olivera personally escort Serna to the next county, but he walked him to his one-man cell and spent the entire 24 hours with him. 

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Los Angeles Family Questions Woman’s Reported Suicide in Jail

Wakiesha Wilson was in LAPD custody when she was found dead in her jail cell. According to the LAPD, the 36-year-old hanged herself and was found on the morning of Sunday, March 27th. While Wilson suffered from bipolar disorder, her family disputes that she wouldn’t have taken her own life.

“I don’t believe that, my daughter would not kill herself. It’s not like this is the first time she’s been incarcerated. No, she had too much to live for,” said Wilson’s mother, Lisa Hines, according to ABC.

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50-Year-Old Woman Dies In Jail After 27 Hours Without Water

Joyce Curnell, a 50-year-old black woman from South Carolina, was taken to Roper Hospital in July 2015 due to stomach flu. When it was revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest for 2011 misdemeanor shoplifting charge, she was taken into custody by Charleston County authorities.

Curnell, who was battling sickle cell disease, alcoholism and hypertension, according to New York Daily News, was found dead just over a day later. It’s being reported that she spent 27 hours in jail before she died due to complications of the stomach flu and dehydration.

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Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Has Been Released from Jail on Bond

Michael Slager, the former North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who fatally shot unarmed Walter Scott eight times in the back as Scott ran away, was released on $500,000 bond on Monday. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, the presiding judge was concerned about the delayed start date of the trial and granted bail.