ACLU Report Says Reducing Cash Bail Could Save Ohio Millions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says the state could save as much as $264 million a year by reducing the use of cash bail.

The report released Thursday includes an analysis of court and jail data in Athens, Cuyahoga, Franklin and Vinton counties.

The report found savings available when jails aren’t housing defendants who aren’t a risk for flight and don’t pose a danger to the community.

The report also found Blacks charged and jailed at much higher rates than whites.

The report says most people should be released on their own recognizance.