Harris County Bail Media Case Studies

We selected several articles from our sample as case studies that exemplify the reporting issues highlighted in our report.

Hover over the underlined text in each article to see our annotations, which identify sources of bias, contextualize false or misleading claims, and unpack the assumptions underlying negative bail coverage.

For example, one quote from a high-profile opponent of bail reform is misleading:

“The revolving door at courthouse is playing a significant, major role in the increased crime rates."Despite opponents' efforts to link Houston's 2020 "crime wave" to bail reform, empirical evidence demonstrates that releasing people pretrial does not harm public safety. In reviewing data from several jurisdictions that implemented bail reform, The Prison Policy Initiative found that the vast majority of jurisdictions saw decreases or negligible increases in crime after implementing reforms.

Read the case studies here.