Civil rights group sues over Oklahoma bail practices
December 12, 2019
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil rights group has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against court officials in central Oklahoma, alleging a county's bail system unconstitutionally discriminates against poor and disabled people.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed the suit late Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City on behalf of six inmates currently being held in the Canadian County jail.
The lawsuit alleges that the county's bail system routinely keeps poor people in jail before a trial, not because they are a flight risk or a danger to society but only because they ca...