The Problem

 

The bail system in America is broken.

Currently, two out of every three prisoners in U.S. jails are not being held because they have been convicted of a crime, nor are they incarcerated because they pose an unmanageable danger to society.

In fact, two out of every three of those in our jails are there simply because they lack the few dollars needed to purchase their freedom pending trial. Upon conviction they will likely walk free—only 3% of arrestees actually end up going to prison. We cage them while they are presumed innocent and release them to the community once found guilty. The unnecessary confinement of so many people, often poor, has devastating affects on the individuals’ life.

This illogical process called bail is costing Americans more than $9 billion a year.

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