Slice of Life #1

NPR and their affiliates have done a good job at offering a visual for defendants who cannot post bail at $500. WNYC has elaborated on this point.

Nearly 50,000 defendants each year are put behind bars after their first court hearing pending trial. Most spend days or weeks in jail. Some, however, can spend months or more than a year on Rikers Island all because they can’t afford to make bail. And that costs taxpayers a lot of money.

Idea: A 501(c)(3) dedicated solely to evaluating the risk factors of non-violent accused suspects and posting bail for them. Or perhaps developing some type of working relationship with them to stimulate rehabilitation in exchange for posting bail for them.

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