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The Importance of Legal Counsel in Pretrial Justice

Presented by the National Association of Counties

Individuals who are held in jail before trial have been shown to have worse outcomes, from higher risk of unemployment to greater risk of reoffending. Providing counsel as soon as possible for a person who has been arrested or detained can help ensure that low-risk individuals are not held simply because they cannot afford bail, which saves counties money and mitigates the detrimental effects of detention. Learn how several counties provide counsel at the earliest opportunity and the benefits they have seen from this practice.

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