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Sun editorial wrong on bail process [Letter]

Regarding you recent editorial on bail reform, The Sun's publishes stuff without any effort to verify the facts ("Bail reform is still needed," May 7).

You write that "in practice judges rarely overturn the commissioners' decisions regarding bond amounts and pre-trial incarceration."

Here are the facts concerning defendants who so far have gone to bail review for cases brought on May 7, 2014. Judges reduced seven bails and raised one. A Judge changed one $15,000 bail to "hold without bail status" and judges released two defendants on personal recognizance after commissioners had previously ordered them held on bail. Judges also changed four commissioners' orders to hold defendants without bail instead of granting bail.

In all, only nine of the commissioners' decisions went unchanged.

Mark J. Adams

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