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Texas lawmakers advancing bail bills that opponents say do little for people stuck in jail because they're poor

Texas courts have long been criticized for keeping people in jail pending trial who can't afford to post bond. Two priority bills this session would change the bail system, but they're primarily aimed at keeping potentially dangerous defendants behind bars.

Around the Clock Bail Bonds on 10th St. and Nueces in Austin on May 8, 2019.

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