A door displays a sign for bail bond services in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, is one of many jurisdictions working to change its bail protocols. The Los Angeles Superior Court implemented a zero cash bail system in October. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Cash bail policies are under fresh scrutiny

BY: - November 14, 2023

States can’t figure out what to do about cash bail. The system — in which an arrested suspect pays cash to avoid sitting in jail until their court date and gets the money back when they appear — is deeply entrenched in the nation’s history as a way to ensure defendants return to face justice. […]