August 01, 2018 INTRODUCTION

The End of Money Bail?

By Judge Nannette A. Baker

In many state and local courts, money bonds are routinely set for anyone who is arrested, including those arrested for low-level offenses. Because many people cannot afford to pay the bond, they remain behind bars. Estimates are that some 500,000 people are in jail in this country because they cannot afford to pay the bond set for their release.

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