In recent years, bail has been a major focus for social justice advocates. Activists argue that bail disproportionately punishes the poor. They are often the
The push towards bail reform is a natural consequence of mass incarceration in the United States. The condition is widespread: Americans who can’t afford bail can’t get out of jail, and it’s costing the government over $1 billion per year. Thousands of people today are locked up even if presumed innocent because they can’t pay. But with recent changes to Harris County’s court system, things are moving along at a rapid rate for bail reform.