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WAUKESHA, Wis. — The suspect in a Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee that killed five people was free on $1,000 bail posted just two…

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06/10/21 6:03 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Wells Street for a broken window complaint. Upon arrival, the officers made contact with two intoxicated subjects. One subject, 49 year old, Rebecca L. Sobotka admitted to breaking the window and had conditions of bond not to drink alcohol. Rebecca was taken into custody and charges were referred up to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office for criminal damage to property and felony bail jumping. Rebecca was subsequently confined in the Walworth County Jail on the aforementioned charges.

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Three teenagers caught up in local court cases have seen drastically different jail experiences. Communities cared about two of them. Few knew about the third.

Reform advocates and now even the State Public Defenders Office agree that cash bail is an unfair system. This story looks into how three different teens from poor families faced it: Two — Kyle Rittenhouse and Chrystul Kizer — got out of jail thanks to massive fundraising efforts and supporters nationwide coming to their respective causes for completely different reasons. Another, Traoun Oliver-Thomas, didn't get that help. He's been in jail for the better part of two years. And, unlike his peers, he never killed anybody. He just didn't have $120.

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