Detroit Evening Report, July 12, 2022: 36th District Court making changes to cash bail system

Starmanie Jackson holds her daughter Liberty.

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36th District Court in Detroit is undergoing changes to make the cash bail system more equitable for low-level offenders. Under an agreement reached with the ACLU of Michigan, the court will not set cash bail for people at or below 200% of the federal poverty line. Starmanie Jackson of Detroit says her inability to pay a $700 cash bail upended her life.

“Unable to call-in to work … I lost my job at a nursing home because I could not pay my rent. We lost our home. It took me months to recover financially.”

Among other changes, everyone who is arraigned in the court will be provided counsel and an arrest warrant will not be issued for those who miss one hearing. Criminal justice reform advocates say they hope this program spreads to the rest of Michigan.

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  • Time Magazine names Detroit as one of the world’s 50 greatest places in 2022


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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.