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Harris County's misdemeanor judges won't follow Abbott's order limiting jail releases during coronavirus

The judges are under a federal court order to release low-level defendants without collecting bail payment after the county's cash bail practices were found unconstitutional. The governor's Sunday order does not allow those accused of low-level crimes to leave jail without access to cash if they have a past violent conviction.

Inmates at the Harris County Jail.

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