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What do you do with people who are repeatedly failed by social services and the legal system?
Getting convicted of a “minor offense” inflicts serious, long-term harm. The state can and must divert more people to counseling, group meetings, or other interventions.
Bail will be set at $0 for most misdemeanors and low-level felony offenses.
With Appeal contributors Julia Rock and Harry August
Adam H. Johnson
The state is one of eight that allow cops to arraign people on misdemeanor charges. Advocates and academics say the practice is unjust.
Nearly half of all arrests in the state are drug or alcohol related, compared to just 29 percent nationally.
In the wake of the Dayton shooting, Gov. Mike DeWine proposed creating more space in psychiatric hospitals by removing some people who are court-ordered to be there.
An organizer in the effort to close New York City’s Rikers Island jails is challenging Cyrus Vance Jr., whom he calls ‘the city’s leading jailer.’