The Cash Bail System Explained
The cash bail system in the United States is a travesty of justice by forcing people, almost all of them poor, to come up with money they don’t have. It literally keeps them in jail, even though they’re not guilty of any crime. People lose houses, cars, contact with their family, jobs, all because the prosecutor and a judge decide to impose an unreasonable cash bail on a person’s freedom. I remember a call from a client in the Baton Rouge jail.
He’d been arrested on a bogus warrant and had the judge impose a six-figure bail. He was a skilled carpenter, had a great job. On top of it, he had a girlfriend who was eight months pregnant. Because he couldn’t make the bail, he not only lost his job, but he was not there for the birth of his son. Only through crowd funding from your contributions are we able to take those cases on. We can’t take all of them, but by taking some, we bring light into these incredibly dark, dangerous places.