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Bail Reform

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In 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals found the state's bail system inherently unfair because it favors criminal defendants with the means to hire attorneys and post bond. A proposed solution -- providing public defenders to indigent defendants when all bail decisions are made -- could cost the state millions of dollars. Our guests: WYPR State House Reporter Chris Connelly; Baltimore-based lawyers Michael Schatzow and Mitchell Mirviss of Venable LLP, critics of what they call needless incarceration of poor defendants; and local bail bondsman Mark Adams, who supports the creation of night courts to expedite bail review.