Why fixing the US bail system is tricky

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Cash bail is great…if you can pay for it.Become a member of the Vox Video Lab! https://www.vox.com/joinSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOLawmakers, 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. Note: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.Previous headline: The case against cash bailVox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Enthused Norseman

     5 months ago

    The new Minecraft Story Mode looks wild.

  • Steven

     5 months ago

    1000th like

  • petrol devo

     5 months ago

    This is when you get busted in mine craft....

  • Justin Y.

     5 months ago

    Cash bail is fine as long as you have a small loan of a million dollars

  • Eddie V.

     5 months ago

    I like getting time served.

  • Nigga The Sage

     5 months ago

    Justin Y. Wow here u are again

  • Mr. Friendship

     5 months ago

    **Puts the word **_"just"_** inside a briefcase**Me: _Just in case._

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     5 months ago

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  • Riddizle

     5 months ago

    Now that's a *good joke*

  • Lawrence Tider

     5 months ago

    The US: The only place where they PRIVATIZE PRISONS.

  • William Hornstra

     19 days ago

    Wrong. My local prison is run by the Geo Group. 3 of our prisons are outsourced to private companies in my state (Victoria, Australia)

  • Steven Grossman

     4 months ago

    Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the UK.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_prison

  • Colombian Crepe

     5 months ago

    The U.S.' judicial system is just messed up.

  • PickleBetard A.K.A Pickle Rick's Fatass Cousin

     5 months ago

    @HenagaH LeWONe NO

  • Someone 234

     5 months ago

    More square people... Yay!

  • PickleBetard A.K.A Pickle Rick's Fatass Cousin

     5 months ago

    Minecraft 200 looks good :)

  • Quick Fix - Thought Provoking Videos

     5 months ago

    It is a vicious cycle.

  • thomasm1964

     5 months ago

    In the UK, "cash bail" is an unknown concept. Here, the presumption is that you will be released on conditional bail ("don't do this; don't do that") unless there is good reason to think you will abscond or you are being charged with something really serious like murder. In that case, you will be remanded in custody.The police have to oppose bail and give their reasons in open Court.

  • MultiGingerpubes

     4 months ago

    @Blah b The spanner case was in 1987 and wasn't a case of criminalizing homosexuality, it was about wether or not causing bodily harm/ wounding others was legal even if consent was given. Homosexuality had been decriminalized for over 20 years in the UK at that point. In the USA however, there were laws prohibiting homosexual sexual intercourse until 2003 in some parts of the country. You shouldn't throw stones in glass houses.

  • Atlantic Film

     5 months ago

    why isn't the bail proportional to income/wealth?

  • Brian Bethea

     3 months ago

    @Cut Throatz Oh man, how did we not realize this earlier? We need to put you on national TV to spread this message ASAP. If every American citizen heard the message "don't commit any crime," crime would literally vanish overnight! It's not like we're ignoring every single issue surrounding why crime is committed in the first place here or anything, everybody should just stop committing crime, it's so simple.

  • GetYour Fix

     3 months ago

    Most people making under 25k won't have 1k in savings and wont show up for the trial because they dont want to lose their job and dont have time...

  • Prelmable

     5 months ago

    It's so bizarre to hear that people get before a judge for an open container. In every other country this is a little fine and that's it. Well, IF "open container" would be against the law, which in most countries is not.

  • Brenda Cervantes

     5 months ago

    It’s technically ridiculous and ironic because we live in a country where we have certain liberties

  • Benjamin Brooks

     5 months ago

    @Ondřej Sojka An open container with alcohol while driving.