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Class action aims to recoup cash bonds

Inmates allege counties illegally pocketed funds for jail expenses

Staff at the Lincoln County Justice Center in Troy will soon be scouring the facility looking for hand-written ledgers more than a decade old. At the behest of a federal lawsuit, they’ll be looking for records detailing payments the county plucked from cash bonds and applied to criminal defendants’ incarceration costs. In the federal suit, a potential class of criminal defendants alleges that long-held practice, which also crops up in Warren County and possibly other counties, amounts to “unlawful taking.”