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Sara Mayeux

“Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates”

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The title of this post headlines today’s NPR’s All Things Considered report on an aspect of America’s criminal justice system that is all too familiar to anyone who’s been charged (or had a friend or family member charged) with a crime, yet is largely unknown to many Americans: the catch-22 world of bail. Citing statistics from the Department of Justice, NPR reports that “two-thirds of the people in the nation’s jails are petty, nonviolent offenders who are there for only one reason: They can’t afford their bail.”

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January 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

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