Wash. county to spend $400K on bail program

The county will spend $400,000 on a bail program to help low-income inmates

By Corrections1 Staff

KING COUNTY, Wash.  — A Washington county is moving forward with a plan that would use taxpayer money to facilitate efforts to pay bails for low-income inmates.

The county is planning for $400,000 in funding for the bail reform plan between June 1 and December 31, 2020, KIRO7 reports. 

According to county officials, the fund is to help prevent personal and financial instability included in pretrial diversion, facilitate equitable access to justice by providing access to funds for the payment of bail and avert county costs of incarcerating those with low income.

At least one organization is currently paying bills with private funds. 

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