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The Columbus Dispatch
September 23, 2021

Ohio’s high immigration bonds pose challenges to cash-strapped detainees
By Yilun Cheng

Since October 2020, only 18% of detainees were granted bonds by judges in Cleveland, where the only immigration court in Ohio is located. The national average is 31%, according to data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC). In many cases, the cost of bonds far exceeds what a detainee with few financial resources can afford. Nationally, the median bond granted is $7,000. In Ohio, it is $11,000 – the fourth-highest in the country after New Jersey, New York and Hawaii, TRAC data show. Unlike a bail bond in the criminal court setting, where the person typically has to put up 10% of the stated amount, an immigration bond must be paid in full.

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