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In Dallas County, bail is set in secret — and often in seconds

A lawsuit alleges that the county is jailing some of its poorest people without any meaningful inquiry into their ability to pay. In most cases, bail hearings that lead to those people being put behind bars last no more than 15 seconds.

By Mustafa Z. Mirza, The Marshall Project
Magistrate Judge Hal Turley sets bail for defendants in Dallas County's Lew Sterrett Justice Center in July.

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