Report: Kentucky counties have inconsistent bail policies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A new report says Kentucky counties have “wildly inconsistent” bail practices.

The Courier Journal reports the study was released Tuesday by the Berea-based Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a nonprofit research group and says where people live determines whether they will stay in jail due to high bail.

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The study found that the number of defendants released before trial last year without having to post cash bail ranged from 5% in McCracken County to 68% in Martin County. It also found that only 17% of defendants in Wolfe County could afford to pay cash bail when it was required compared to 99% in Hopkins County.

Study author Ashley Spalding said defendants “should not have their freedom contingent upon their income or where they are arrested.”