Louisiana judge approves New Orleans bail plan for poor defendants

Don Ames
June 15, 2019 - 12:43 pm

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A state magistrate judge in New Orleans has agreed to take steps to make sure defendants in criminal cases aren't jailed because they cannot afford bail.

The agreement was detailed in a federal court order involving Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell and plaintiffs who accused Cantrell of violating an earlier federal judgment regarding low-income defendants.

As a magistrate judge in the criminal district court in New Orleans, Cantrell sets bail for people arrested on various state charges.

The agreement details requirements for determining whether a defendant can afford bail and whether the defendant is a flight risk or poses a danger when alternatives to bail are considered.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon issued the order detailing the agreement and closing the case against Cantrell.

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