Cleveland Judge Refuses to Send Low-Level Defendants to Jail After Inmate Deaths
The New York Times
October 5, 2018

“Judge Michael L. Nelson Sr. of Cleveland Municipal Court is refusing to send people accused of low-level crimes into the county jail system, citing safety concerns after six inmate deaths in four months.  Judge Nelson said that he would release people charged with such crimes until their next court appearance, rather than holding them on bail, which many defendants cannot afford.”

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