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Maryland bail bond industry's contributions hang over contested bill

Maryland bail bond industry's contributions hang over contested bill

The economic clout of the bail bond industry hangs over a debate in the General Assembly that could decide the future of cash bail in Maryland.

As the legislature's 2017 session heads toward a close at midnight on April 10, bail reform remains one of the most hotly contested topics. And bail bond companies are among Maryland's biggest political campaign contributors.

According to a study released by Common Cause Maryland this year, bail bond companies and their key players contributed more than $288,000 to the campaigns of Maryland politicians between 2011 and 2016. Common Cause found the pace of those contributions picked up recently, with more than $135,000 given over the...

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