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Discrimination and Public Safety Within the Cash-Bail System

In America, when a person is charged with a crime, they are sent to jail to await trial. The wait can last anywhere from days, weeks, or months. This often comes with a myriad of other problems. Jail has a very destabilizing effect, especially on low-risk people who are unable to afford bail. Even a short stay of pretrial detention comes with a number of other problems. It can cause people to lose their jobs, their homes, and their children. These individuals, who are presumed innocent under the law, and may in fact be innocent, are spending time in jail for a crime they...