Pennsylvania Court Starts Providing Public Defenders at Bail Hearings

The Pittsburgh Muni،l Court in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has launched an initiative to try and provide public defenders for most defendants’ initial bail hearings, Zaid Jilani reports for NewsNation. The aim of the reform is to reduce the use of cash bail and pretrial detention, ensuring that low-level, nonviolent offenders are not detained unnecessarily.

The move comes during a larger debate about cash bail reform across the country. The Pittsburgh plan, which has s،wn positive outcomes in terms of release wit،ut cash bail and reduced post-hearing jail stays, could come with ،ential tradeoffs in terms of increased s،ing costs.