Why the Money Bail System Needs to End

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Americans love money. We have an almost magical belief in its ability to make things better.

That may explain why for so many years we’ve placed our trust in money bail—the practice of making people pay money to be released from jail while awaiting their day in court.

We believe it will make people behave. Yet a growing body of research shows that this practice doesn’t achieve its purpose, and that people show up in court at . . .

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