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Jessica Brand

Legal director, Fair Punishment Project, Harvard Law School

Jessica Brand is the Legal director for Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project. Previously, she worked as an attorney doing death penalty trial consulting at the Texas Defender Service and as an appellate attorney at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C.

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Bail reform should not be derailed

The cash bail system is outdated, discriminates against people without financial resources and fails to improve public safety. Momentum to eliminate cash bail in Harris County has been building for several years, but recent local attempts to undermine reform efforts and misrepresent reality threaten to derail one of the most important changes to Houston’s criminal justice system in decades.