As usual... its all about the money.
Originally Posted by Un biased
John Oliver: The U.S. Bail System Screws the Poor, Rewards Reality TV
John Oliver, HBO’s best critic of America’s broken-ass political and economic systems since The Wire, turned his attention this week to one of the brokenest-ass systems of all: the way we handle bail for people accused of crimes.
Oliver throws up an alarming stat from New Jersey, circa 2013, where nearly 40% of inmates were locked up solely because they were unable to make bail while awaiting trial. If you dig a little deeper into the report he’s citing, you’ll find their average time languishing in lockup is 10 months. And that’s without being found guilty of any crime.
In fact, many of them just plead guilty (even if they’re not) just so they can get out, rather than waiting in jail for a trial date and staying locked up while they try to fight the case. This, of course, has the downside of making them pay fines (which we’ve established they probably can’t afford), go back to jail, and carry the stigma of being a “convicted criminal” for life.