St. Louis suburb settles suit over municipal court bonds

3 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, June 04 2015 Jun 4, 2015 Thursday, June 04, 2015 10:30:02 AM CDT June 04, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

VELDA CITY (AP) - The St. Louis suburb of Velda City can no longer jail people in lieu of cash bail for municipal infractions under a federal court settlement. It came after concerns over the bond system's treatment of poor people.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the lawsuit resolved Wednesday was filed on behalf of a 26-year-old mother of two who Velda City police arrested April 2 for driving with a suspended license, a headlight violation and related offenses.

Prosecutors asked for $800 to allow Donya Pierce's release, and she was eventually freed after her attorneys got involved.

The lawsuit challenged the $350 Velda City requires for release on an offense of driving with a suspended license and $150 for most other ordinance violations.

Velda City must now release people on recognizance or an unsecured bond.

 

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