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Some activists say Nashville’s new pre-trial release program, which aims to increase the number of low-income defendants released without having to pay bail, is not doing enough to keep poor people from waiting behind bars. They’re responding by organizing a “bail out” this weekend, part of a national campaign to get black moms home for Mother’s Day. 

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Getting arrested anywhere is expensive. Defendants often have to deal with court costs, legal fees, restitution and fines. In Nashville, it can be even costlier.

But that could change today, after Metro Council members vote to do away with the city’s “jail fee” for misdemeanor arrests — the $44 billed to defendants for every day they sit in a Metro jail waiting to see a judge.


The city’s top prosecutor and top public defender don't agree on what bail reform might look like in Nashville. The two legal officials presented their views at a public forum this week.

Money bail has been a recurring topic for proponents of criminal justice reform who say it keeps poor citizens in jail longer than necessary, and recently some have singled out Davidson County for its bail policies.

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It’s unclear when — if ever — a proposed ordinance limiting Davidson County's cooperation with federal immigration authorities will be voted on. It was originally scheduled for final passage in the Metro Council on July 6, but the sponsoring councilmen pulled the measure. They say there is no imminent plan to reintroduce the proposals, though they plan to keep the conversation alive. 

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Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall says he wants jail guards to better understand the practices and beliefs of Muslim inmates. So he has accepted a request from local Muslim leaders to teach “Islam 101” classes for jail staff, and he plans to hire a part-time advocate as a go-between with inmates.

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A crucial funding vote is scheduled Tuesday night in Nashville’s controversial jail renovation project. About $40 million dollars has been questioned, with substantial opposition from some residents and elected officials.

Nashville Criminal Justice Center

There’s beginning to be some agreement between Nashville’s mayor and sheriff over a controversial jail project.

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Metro’s budget hearings ramped up Wednesday, with about a dozen departments outlining proposals to Mayor Megan Barry and her top advisors. Public safety agencies presented some of the large monetary requests.

Nashville Criminal Justice Center

Opposition continues to mount against a plan to relocate Nashville’s jail. Three state lawmakers who represent the city wrote a letter Monday against the idea.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A controversial proposal to relocate Davidson County’s jail from downtown to southeast Nashville took a pummeling Tuesday night during a public hearing in front of the Metro Council. Dozens of residents who live nearby spoke in opposition.