Fixing the unfair bail system is worth the costs

The bail system in place across most of America’s states and localities is patently unfair on its face, penalizing poor (and disproportionately minority) defendants who cannot afford to pay their way out of jail while rewarding others with the means to win their freedom as they await trial. Sustained by the financial and lobbying clout of the bail-bond industry, the system long seemed nearly impervious to reform. Now, with good reason, it is facing unprecedented scrutiny. New Jersey, Kentucky, Maryland, Chicago, the District of Columbia and a number of other places are showing that real reforms to the bail system are possible. (Wash. Post)

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