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Order Regarding Procedures for Bail Hearings - Fort Bend, Texas 2020 

12-17-2020 14:57

The judges of Fort Bend County, the tenth most populous county in Texas, issued an order regarding procedures for bail hearings and pretrial release, noting that in hearings to determine pretrial detention, due process requires an inquiry into a person’s ability to pay; consideration of alternative conditions of release; and representation by counsel. When money bail is unaffordable for people charged with misdemeanors, such people are “presumptively entitled to a personal bond absent a finding on the record of either extraordinary circumstances or conduct” and no person “may be kept in jail due to...inability to pay a fee or cost associated with a condition of release.”

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