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They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.

Anjali Tsui ProPublica
dollar bill with handcuffs High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.

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What If We Ended the Injustice of Bail?

On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, impossible for others. Robin Steinberg has a bold idea to change this.

New Philadelphia Bail Policy Opens Door for Pretrial Prisoners

Anthony Izaguirre 6abc
On February 21st, the District Attorney's Office announced the initial phase of their bail reform efforts in Philadelphia. Across the country momentum is building and cities, municipalities and states are ending cash bail.

Jay Z: For Father's Day, I'm Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry

Shawn Carter Time
Carter, known as Jay Z, is a lauded recording artist, philanthropist and father: "When black and brown people are over-policed and arrested and accused of crimes at higher rates than others, and then forced to pay for their freedom before they ever see trial, big bail companies prosper. This pre-incarceration conundrum is devastating to families."

Locked Up for Being Poor

N.Y. Times Editorial Board The New York Times
The county’s lawyer defended this policy by arguing that poor defendants — who are disproportionately black and Latino — stay in jail not because they can’t buy their way out but because they “want” to be there, especially “if it’s a cold week.” Judge Rosenthal called this despicable claim “uncomfortably reminiscent of the historical argument that used to be made that people enjoyed slavery.”
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