When freedom is only available to those who can afford it, many end up paying with their lives.
By Nick Wing
Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post
|Of the nearly 750,000 inmates confined in jails around the U.S. at any time, between 60 and 70 percent haven’t been convicted. They are legally innocent.|
|The Waller County jail cell where Sandra Bland was found dead. If she could have afforded to bail out, she might not have been there.|
Cash Rules Everything
This scheme benefits rich people. It allows many defendants with financial resources to post bond, bail out and go about their lives while they await trial, even when facing more serious charges.
|The Rikers Island jail complex stands in New York City. Taxpayers spend an estimated $9 billion each year to keep innocent people locked up while they await trial.|
But Wait, It Gets Worse
|Commercial bail bonds services have turned innocent people’s pretrial release into an industry worth billions of dollar each year.|
How Do We Stop This Vicious Cycle?