COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado says it has settled a federal lawsuit over a man who spent 52 days in jail without getting a bail hearing.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Thursday that under the agreement, Pueblo and Teller counties agreed to bring new arrestees before a judge or magistrate for bail consideration within two court days.
They also agreed to make a “substantial monetary payment” to Michael Bailey, who lost a job and his home while incarcerated for nearly two months without a chance at being released. He was arrested on assault charges.
A judge in 2015 ordered Bailey’s release on bond. Prosecutors later dismissed all charges.
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The ACLU praised the Pueblo and Teller county sheriffs for their commitment to ensuring that new arrestees are promptly brought before a judge.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com