The bail system is designed to make sure criminal suspects show up to court after being released. This keeps suspects--who are innocent until proven guilty--out of overcrowded jails. But is it fair that the rich can buy their way out while those with empty pockets have to stay behind bars? Explore both sides of the argument, then let us know what you think. Is America’s bail system fair or does it need to be reformed?
Elevate the discussion with a Make & Share. Bail reform programs are gaining traction across the country. Create an interactive map to show where cash bail reforms are taking place and what programs are proposed instead.
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