People of Color and Poor People are Disproportionately Affected by Higher Bail

In December 2017 a report on groups that bail poor people out of jail noted an increase in higher bail amounts in recent years, as well as bail amounts forcing poor people to stay in jail before their court date. One group noted that half of the cases in which they paid bail were immediately thrown out. The same group said that almost all of their bail recipients never returned to jail. The article noted that being forced to stay in jail because bail cannot be afforded disrupts income and housing, as well as adding stress to families. People of color are also disproportionately affected. Poverty affects hundreds of thousands of people at any one time in the US.