The bail system is a joke. No one should be imprisoned for inability to pay for bail. An accused should be imprisoned if they are a threat to society or allowed to go home. Only the wealthy benefit from such a system. How many thousands of innocent people are thrown in jail for inability to pay for bail. It’s unjust:
For the nearly 8,000 people locked up in Cook County jail, and the 2,400 on house arrest, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty effectively does not exist. Roughly 95 percent of those incarcerated have not faced trial or conviction of any kind, the vast majority of them ensnared simply because they are unable to afford bond. Those forced to languish in indefinite detention are disproportionately African American, and their pretrial punishments can permanently set their lives off-course, causing them to lose jobs, custody of their children, their housing, and even their lives.
Now, a group of formerly incarcerated people, movement lawyers and concerned community members in Chicago are seeking to intervene in this humanitarian crisis by pooling collective resources to free people from Cook County jail. Calling themselves the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF), the all-volunteer group just announced it has freed 50 people from jail or house arrest, using a revolving fund.
National Movement Hopes to Help Hundreds of Thousands Jailed Because They Can’t Afford Bail was originally published on The 99 Percenters