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Detaining the Poor: How money bail perpetuates an endless cycle of poverty and jail time

bail income report thumbnail Our report finds people in local jails are poorer than people in prison and non-incarcerated people. We find that the ability to pay money bail is impossible for too many defendants because the median money bail represents eight months of a typical defendant's income.

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