Selling Off Our Freedom: How Insurance Corporations Have Taken Over Our Bail System

by Color of Change and the American Civil Liberties Union

This joint report documents how the for-profit bail industry fuels mass incarceration and perpetuates racial inequalities. The report point out how

“To avoid being locked up while their cases go through the courts—which can sometimes take months or even years—people who cannot afford bail must pay a non-refundable fee to a for-profit bail bonds company to front the required bail amount. The financial burden of this fee harms individuals, it harms families, and it disproportionately affects Black and low-income communities. The only winner is the bottom line of big for-profit businesses.”

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