Dallas officials work to free low-risk women from jail

(MGN Online)

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas County officials are beginning to overhaul their bond system to allow inmates to be released based on their risk level to the public instead of their ability to pay a bond.

The Dallas Morning News reports that officials announced on Tuesday a plan to free more women locked up in Dallas County jail who are deemed low-risk to the public. The county hasn't chosen a risk assessment tool yet.

Assistant County Administrator Gordon Hikel says officials are focusing on women first because they're a smaller group with different needs.

The newspaper reported last month that the number of women awaiting trial in Texas county jails has risen by nearly 50 percent since 2011. The report resulted in top Dallas County officials focusing on the jail's more than 600 women.

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