The movement to end cash bail is making strides, with prosecutors increasingly driving change after listening to community concerns. In Chicago, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recently announced a policy whereby her office would recommend release for most misdemeanor defendants. In Philadelphia, the leading candidate for district attorney plans to end cash bail completely if elected. Christian Gossett, the head prosecutor in Winnebago County, Wis., waived all appearances by prosecutors on weekends and holidays, allowing people accused of low-level offenses to be immediately released.

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