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Court blocks Gov. Abbott's order limiting jail release during pandemic after judges challenged its constitutionality

The governor's order prohibited judges from releasing some inmates without paying bail. The lawsuit filed Wednesday argued it violated the constitutional separation of powers and discriminated against poor defendants.

Pregnant and just postpartum inmates join hands in a circle after their life skills session in the pregnancy tank at the Harris County Jail in Houston Tuseday, February 11, 2014. The Mentoring Moms program is a relatively new reentry service at the jail set up to mentor the women and connect them with services on the outside upon their release.

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