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Lawsuit against Moss Point requires city to change jail bond requirements

A federal judge says the way a Coast city has been handling misdemeanor arrests is unconstitutional. (Photo source: WLOX) A federal judge says the way a Coast city has been handling misdemeanor arrests is unconstitutional. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

A federal judge says the way a Coast city has been handling misdemeanor arrests is unconstitutional.

A non-profit organization called Equal Justice Under the Law filed a class action lawsuit against Moss Point back in June over using preset bond amounts for people arrested for misdemeanors.

The plaintiffs say those who could not afford to pay were often forced to sit in jail for up to a week before having an opportunity to go before a judge. 

A federal judge ruled this violates the 14th amendment. 

According to Equal Justice Under the Law, it reached a settlement with Moss Point. The city agreed to allow defendants to be released if they agree in writing to appear for hearings and to abide by conditions of pre-trial release.

We left several messages for Moss Point's mayor and city attorney, but did not hear back. We will update this story when new information develops.

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