The bonds of justice

Number 15796
Subject Discrimination
Source Courant (Hartford, Conn.)
State CT
Year 1991
Publication Date June 1991
Summary A computer-assisted investigation of 150,000 cases revealed huge inequalities between minorities and whites in Connecticut's bond system. African-American or Hispanic men with apparently clean records have to pay, on average, double the bond that a white man will have to pay. Also, some judges use excessive bail to punish people who have been neither tried nor convicted of any crime. Judicial officials have failed to make sure Connecticut's bond system is operating justly.
Category General
Pages 20
Keywords Bail Bonds;Justice System
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