Across the country, poor defendants can spend days, weeks — even years — behind bars awaiting trial, an approach that judges increasingly find is unconstitutional.
Author Archives: Sheila Terman Cohen
Sheila Terman Cohen is a freelance writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a retired English as a Second Language and speech therapy teacher, who later studied journalism. She has written several articles for Wisconsin newspapers, as well as award winning books. Her books have received first place recognition from the Council of Wisconsin Writers, the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, and the national book award group Next Generation.
Bail bond industry fights back against moves to limit or end cash bail
Wisconsin is one of just a handful of states that ban bail bonding, barring companies from profiting from people too poor to pay their way out of jail.
Nonprofit bail funds help poor gain freedom nationally and in Wisconsin
Nonprofits fill in the gap for defendants who cannot afford to bail themselves out of jail before their trials