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Bail reform's complex relationship with tech

May 20, 2018 | TechCrunch
On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of guilt or innocence has been made. That means these hundreds of thousands of people are incarcerated simply because they don’t have the financial means to post bail.

Debt may have cost 7 million Americans their driver's licenses

May 19, 2018 | Chicago Tribune
More than 7 million people nationwide may have had their driver's licenses suspended for failure to pay court or administrative debt, a practice that advocates say unfairly punishes the poor, a Washington Post analysis found.

Going this way? Death is still inevitable, but 'angels' and cafes want to change our last days

May 20, 2018 | San Diego Union-Tribune
Some of these ideas are controversial. Last week, for instance, a court overturned California’s two-year-old physician-assisted suicide law. Advocates insist the measure alleviated unnecesary suffering by the terminally ill. Critics feared it could be used to hasten the departures of the elderly, infirm and inconvenient.
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