Why fixing the US bail system is tricky The collapse of Venezuela, explained 2 days ago   06:22

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Lawmakers, activists, and reformers want to end cash bail, the practice of requiring a defendant to pay money to be released from jail before trial.

Mounting evidence has shown that cash bail unfairly affects low-income minorities who don’t have the money to pay for release before their trial. As a result, defendants languish in jail while waiting for court dates.

While in jail, many of them lose their jobs, housing, and parental rights, all of which can weaken their community network, erode domestic relationships, and cost the government money to keep them in jail.

Defenders of cash bail claim it is an effective mechanism for keeping violent criminals in jail. Despite their efforts to protect the status quo, several states have pursued bail reform. These states model their new systems on a pretrial risk assessment system. Risk assessments use algorithms to analyze data about a defendant and make recommendations for their pretrial release.

The District of Columbia has used risk assessments since the early 1990s with success. But many reform activists are concerned that when cash bail is replaced with risk assessments, courts are using another unjust — and potentially more biased — pretrial release mechanism.

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Previous headline: The case against cash bail

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Comments 1824 Comments

Victor
what about both risk assessment and cash bail?
Paul Emanon
It could be changed by basing it on the offenders income, at least for the less serious offences or the risk assessment method. either way I tend to agree that from what i am seeing is that reform is idea.
M Wright
Maybe when asked if you have committed a crime, or whatever they ask employers could be more specific.
Empire State
Never knew an open container gets you in front of a judge. There's much worse things which are LEGAL.
I Created An Account For This
Why are judges even elected?
Lil Mango
Or, hear me out, don’t do things that’ll land you in jail. As long as you don’t steal, try to run from cops and are respectful to them if you did do something wrong they’ll let you go with some kind of fine or ticket. It’s a crazy concept, I know, but I’ve never been to jail and I am not the most law abiding citizen.
Christa Lencastre
The Federal Reserve is private!!!! Dahhhhh
Anders Magnusson
Why don't just pay bail as a percentage of that persons income and savings?
Shan
Just bust out. When the jail house serves fish, save that fish bone and make a skeleton key. Ain't no jail house bust out proof.
storm keaney
How tf do you afford this? Vox hire an economist
Steven Grossman
I thought you only actually need to have 10%? So 10% of 2,000 is only $200, for example.
Dan
00:10 This zoom in is fire.
Sander Honig
Can't believe the folks in the US only start to find out it's unfair until now
ryan minaker
Another reason to not be poor.
ryan minaker
In Canada you just put up money, but you don't have to pay unless you do not show up to court.
AJ Fabris
those who contribute to society most will have an advantage in life. and thats not fair.. thats what i hear..
The Egyptian Conqueror
I'm sorry, but the whole "minorities and low income people have prior convictions, it's not their fault" argument is bullshit. i don't care who you are, how hard is it not to break the law? if you break the law, it's you're fault, and you deserve to be punished for it
Hayden Jones
Don’t commit crimes don’t have to pay bail
Lankster Price
Sounds nice one paper... but in the real world its all crap..
Most have no money or little if any.. Your stuck in jail waiting and waiting..
ivyshaolin
i once was arrested for driving without a license, they made me pay bail. when i told the judge i had my license he didn’t listen took my downstairs in cuffs and no one would listen. they admitted the info on the papers they were looking at didn’t match but still made me pay bail to get out of jail. after paying bail, there was no court date, nothing??? i went to the courthouse to get paper work about the incident, there was nothing like i never paid the bail to get out and was never there. you wanna know why i was at court, an out tail light that turns out wasn’t even out! without any documentation of the incident, because at the time i didn’t think to hang on to my release paper work i couldn’t take it any further. so i paid something for someone.
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The collapse of Venezuela, explained Why fixing the US bail system is tricky 2 days ago   07:31

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Venezuela is in chaos. How did we get here?

Correction at 1:58: The Supreme Court tried to strip the country’s National Assembly of its powers in March 2017 and not 2016. We regret the error.

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Venezuela was once the richest country in Latin America. It has the largest known oil reserves in the world and its democratic government was once praised world wide.

But today, Venezuela’s democratic institutions and its economy are in shambles.The country has the highest inflation in the world, making food and medicine inaccessible to most Venezuelans.

Over the last four years, its GDP has fallen 35%, which is a sharper drop than the one seen during the Great Depression in the US. The country’s murder rate has surpassed that of the most dangerous cities in the world.

These conditions have sparked months of protests against the president, Nicolas Maduro. And it’s easy to see why: the country has become measurably worse since his election in 2013.

For more on the Supreme Court ruling: https://www.vox.com/world/2017/5/1/15408828/venezuela-protests-maduro-parliament-supreme-court-crisis

Sources:

0:56 https://tradingeconomics.com/venezuela/inflation-cpi , https://tradingeconomics.com/venezuela/consumer-price-index-cpi , http://www.imf.org/external/datamapper/[email protected]/OEMDC/ADVEC/WEOWORLD/VEN?year=2017 , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Venezuela#/media/File:1998_to_2013_Venezuela_Murder_Rate.png

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-economy-forex-idUSKBN1AP2LM

1:25 https://www.scribd.com/document/354981596/Datanalisis-Informe-Omnibus-Julio-2017-ODH-Consultores#from_embed (Page 22)

http://www.datanalisis.com/

1:54 https://www.wsj.com/articles/maduro-s-allies-stack-venezuelas-supreme-court-1450912005

3:27 https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=24432

3:44 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venezuela_Poverty_Rate_1997_to_2013.png

4:00 https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21720289-over-past-year-74-venezuelans-lost-average-87kg-weight-how

4:40 https://www.cato.org/research/troubled-currencies?tab=venezuela

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