Pretrial Policies Drive Jail Growth

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Pretrial Policies Drive Jail Growth

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This Twitter screenshot of a graph illustrating the number of people in the nations jails waiting for trial far outweighs the number of people who have been convicted of a crime. The covid crisis has exposed the make up of the jail population and has also brought to light the reason so many people are awaiting trial in jail. They are awaiting trial in jail, more often than not, because they cannot afford to pay bail to be released. While the pandemic, like all disasters, effects people of color and low income disproportionately, it has also shed a light on the inequity of the bail system and caused people to wonder if those in the nation's jails and prisons deserve to risk dying from the virus.
bail, incarceration, jail, prison, inequality

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This item was submitted on June 30, 2020 by Chris Twing using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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