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Bail bond companies and others push back on reform.

Bail bond companies have resisted reform efforts. 

In New Jersey, they filed two lawsuits challenging the state’s new pretrial system and enlisted public relations help from actors as diverse as Dog the Bounty Hunter and former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement to defend the practice of setting cash bail.Ryan J. Reilly, “Dog the Bounty Hunter and a Top Conservative Lawyer are Trying to Save the Bail Industry,” Huffington Post, February 23, 2017.  In Maryland, the industry significantly increased its political donations to state legislators who are considering a bail reform bill.Ovetta Wiggins, “Report: Campaign Cash from Bail Industry Surged as State Considered Reforms,” Washington Post, January 25, 2017.