How Does Bail Work And Is It Unfair To The Poor?

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Critics argue that bail conditions favor the rich over the poor. So how does bail actually work, and is it an unfair system?

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APNewsBreak: NYC to offer non-bail option for some suspects
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/13db62fb0947428499cf007a16c3cc06/apnewsbreak-nyc-eliminate-bail-non-violent-suspects
“Thousands of New Yorkers accused of low-level or non-violent crimes won’t face the prospect of raising cash for bail under a plan that seeks to keep such suspects out of the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.”

Kalief Browder, 1993-2015
http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/kalief-browder-1993-2015
“Last fall, I wrote about a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. ”

America’s bail system: one law for the rich, another for poor
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/14/america-bail-system-law-rich-poor
“If you’ve ever been arrested for a misdemeanor offense, like jumping a turnstile, smoking a joint, or protesting a cause in a way the authorities would rather you didn’t, then you’ll know that your best chance of avoiding jail has less to do with what you’ve done than if you can make bail.”

In Misdemeanor Cases, Long Waits for Elusive Trials
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/01/nyregion/justice-denied-for-misdemeanor-cases-trials-are-elusive.html?pagewanted=all
“Francisco Zapata keeps a copy of the Constitution on his cellphone. So when the police stopped, frisked and charged him with misdemeanor marijuana possession, he wanted what that cellphone document promised.”

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