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Gov. Greg Abbott has lifted almost all Texas pandemic restrictions. But not the one limiting jail releases.

As he was fighting for the Legislature to change state bail laws, the governor continued his emergency order to restrict no-cost jail releases during the pandemic. At least several Texas courts have deemed the order unconstitutional.

Inmates at the Dawson State Jail in Dallas.

An uneven system

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