DALLAS (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit alleges that Dallas
County's bail system unfairly harms poor people, violating their
nonprofits filed the lawsuit Sunday on behalf of six Dallas County
inmates. The lawsuit alleges that the county's bail system does not
consider a jailed defendant's ability to pay to post bond, resulting in
different treatment in the criminal justice system.
lawsuit says that "while wealthier arrestees are released from custody
almost immediately upon payment of money" to the county, arrestees like
the plaintiffs who are "too poor to purchase their freedom" remain
jailed "because of their poverty."
County Judge Clay Jenkins tells The Dallas Morning News that the county has been working to put a risk assessment tool in place and improve the system.