TEXAS SENATE BILL 6: A NEW APPROACH TO AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

In the old west, a Texas rancher would brand all of his cattle so that they could be identified if a question of ownership arose. Over the past couple of decades, the Texas judicial system has seen the rise of a different kind of branding: the overloading of defendants with conditions under which they must comply – some at great expense – after they are released on bond. In effect, these individuals are stigmatised before they have even been found guilty of a crime.

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