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Bail bondsmen fight proposed changes at jail (access required)

By Sam Boykin CHARLOTTE — As city and county officials revise policies that set bail amounts for defendants and determine who can be released from jail, local bail bondsmen are protesting that the changes will cut into their bottom line. Chief District Judge Lisa Bell said a task force began meeting in September to study criminal justice issues, including Mecklenburg County’s Pre-Trial Release Program. The tax-funded program allows certain individuals who have been arrested for non-violent misdemeanors and some felonies to be released from jail while they await their first court appearance. Among other requirements, individuals must prove they have ties to the community.

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