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Presumed Guilty: The Pretrial Incarceration Crisis in Los Angeles County

California’s $0 bail order mandates that judges must consider a defendant’s ability to pay before setting bail, aiming to prevent pretrial incarceration based on financial status…


During the month of October 2023, UCLA Law students partnered with La Defensa to develop this report based on court watcher feedback around two courthouses in Los Angeles: Airport Courthouse and Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (CCB). Court watchers focused on pretrial release decisions to better understand how judges are implementing pretrial release standards.

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