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In Maryland jails, release often comes down to who can pay
In a shoebox of a courtroom at Baltimore's central booking facility on a recent day, Judge Nicole Pastore Klein worked swiftly to determine the price of freedom for men and women accused of crimes. Attempting to disarm a police officer: $150,000. Burglary, resisting arrest and drug charges: $100,000. Cocaine possession: $25,000.
By Ian Duncan and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun
January 18, 2014