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District Attorney Brian Wright to discuss pros and cons of bail system Sept. 17

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

The question of cash bail is a highly controversial topic. Opponents argue that it is a form of discrimination against low-income people who are jailed because they lack the funds to pay bail. Proponents contend that requiring cash bail provides an incentive for people to show up in court.

Brian Wright

Brian Wright

Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright will address these issues during his presentation “Bail vs. No Bail: A Middle Ground” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Wright’s talk will be presented online as part of UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays from the U" weekly series.

An attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Wright began working as a special prosecutor in the Barron County District Attorney's Office in March 2018. He was formally sworn in as district attorney in July 2018. 

Wright had previously served as Eau Claire County district attorney and as an Eau Claire County Circuit Court judge. He is a graduate of Marquette University Law School.

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online. To access the livestreamed presentations, visit the "Thursdays from the U" webpage at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the complete fall schedule and archived recordings.

"Thursdays from the U" is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about the weekly series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.