Does the pretrial detention and bail bond system embolden predatory practices?
Of the approximately 700,000 people in jail on any given day in the US, more than 60 percent have not been sentenced. The majority of prisoners in jail are serving time because they can’t afford to pay the pretrial bail bond. Since the 1980s, pretrial detentions have far outpaced the number of individuals actually serving sentences. Why is that?
Mica Doctoroff, legislative attorney for the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy
Joshua Norkin, staff attorney with Legal Aid Society of New York City’s Special Litigation Unit
The Los Angeles Times: Here's how state lawmakers plan to reform the bail system in California
Prison Policy Initiative: Era of Mass Expansion: Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth
Public Policy Institute of California: Pretrial Release in California
Vera: Incarceration Trends