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Judge Lauten and Judge Jenifer Harris walk us through the evolution of the bond system.

Episode 49 of Open Ninth - Right to Release

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits inflicting cruel and unusual punishment – but did you know that it also prohibits excessive bail or fines? While the bond system has a long history in the United States, the idea of what constitutes excessive bail and its socioeconomic implications continue to evolve.

In today’s episode of Open Ninth, Chief Judge Fred Lauten and Ninth Circuit Judge Jenifer Harris walk us through this evolution of the bond system. Listen in as they explore its impact on the courts, defendants, and the community at-large.


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In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Former Chief Judge and Moderator

Jenifer M. Harris

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Harris has served as a Circuit Judge since 2007. She currently serves in the Felony Criminal Division in Orange County.