Report: 2/3 of People in U.S. Prisons are Non-Violent Offenders Who Can’t Afford Bail

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A report by NPR has found that some inmates in American jails and prisons are there because they can’t afford the bail, even as low as 50 bucks, set for their release after being arrested for petty crimes. One man featured in the report is an unemployed oilfield worker from Texas who was living in his car.

When the weather turned cold and he had no money, he tried to steal a blanket but was caught and arrested, where he’s remained in jail for 6 months awaiting a trial or plea offer because he can’t afford his $3500 bail. |NPR|