Nashville Community Bail Fund Wins Preliminary Injunction

Angie Bergman serves as general counsel for the Nashville Community Bail Fund, a revolving loan fund that frees people awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges who cannot afford bail. A local criminal court rule requires that cash bail be applied to pay court costs and fees when a case ends, even when the defendant shows up for court and fulfills the conditions of bail. The Bail Fund, with the help of several civil rights organizations, filed a challenge in federal court to strike down the local rule as unconstitutional. As reported in the media, the court issued an injunction which literally keeps the doors of the Bail Fund open.

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