Cash bail is an entrenched part of the criminal legal system. It enables prosecutors to coerce guilty pleas and discriminate. Fines and fees deducted from bail often supplement municipal budgets. And the $2 billion bail bond industry, backed by large insurance companies, uses its influence to preserve the status quo. To drive momentum for change and take on these entrenched interests, The Bail Project’s Policy Team works at the federal, state, and local levels to amplify calls for bail reform, counter the influence of entrenched interests, and equip decision-makers with evidence.
Our efforts to enact systemic change include program and policy design, community education, and engagement with lawmakers and system actors. Learn more about our vision for policy change here.
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