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Texas Legislature 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott prioritized changing how bail is set. He isn’t addressing people stuck behind bars because they can’t afford to pay.

Multiple federal courts have found Texas' cash bail practices discriminatory against poor people. The governor has said his priority bill will instead focus on keeping "dangerous criminals" in jail before they're convicted.

An Austin Bail Bonds II sign near Interstate 35 on Feb. 5, 2021.

Evolving bail fights

Court battles and high-profile homicides 

Reform advocates on the defense

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Criminal justice Politics State government Andrew Murr Greg Abbott John Whitmire Paul Bettencourt