Berkshire County DA ending cash bail system

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The Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office is ending cash bail.

Under Massachusetts law, the only reason a defendant can be required to post cash bail is to assure their reappearance in court.

Last month, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington instructed prosecutors in the Berkshire DA’s Office to seek bail only in the rare instances when a defendant is a flight risk and there are no other reasonable conditions to ensure their appearance in court.

Both the Hampden and Northwestern District Attorney declined to comment on the decision.

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