Blacks Pay More to Get Out of Jail and held in jail at a rate that’s almost five times greater than Whites. Blacks 18 to 29 years-old pay more to get out of jail than Whites and Latinos in a system that costs taxpayers more than $9 billion annually. Prior to 1992, most people were released on their own recognizance, now 75 populated counties in the U.S can expect to pay at least $10,000 for bail. It is also harder for jailed defendants to plan an effective defense and jurors often associate jail uniforms and shackles with guilt. When a judge or judicial official sets bail, they’re looking at this person to determine how responsible they are going to be. Although the American Bar Association and the National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies developed guidelines for the pretrial process, most jurisdictions fail to utilize them, choosing to rely on custom requirements that vary from state to state. Washington, D.C. abandoned the for-profit bail bonding model in 1968 operating under the Bail Reform Act of 1966 that set nine conditions for pretrial risk assessment.
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