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Reduce the Jail Population by Ending the Practice of Cash Bail

Some people accused of crimes are held without bail—for others, the court okays releasing them until trial, but cash bail keeps them locked up anyway. Every day, this impacts thousands and thousands of Americans accused of low-level offenses being held behind bars without having been convicted of a crime, simply because they cannot afford to pay. This costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year in jail costs. Ending cash bail can stop this ineffective, unfair and costly practice while, keeping communities safe and increasing justice.

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