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Reform the Bail System in New Orleans

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Many people sit in jail in our city simply because they are too poor to pay a small bond.  Some will never be charged with a crime, some who are charged will not be convicted, and of those who are convicted, many will not be sentenced with jail time.  

The Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) is advocating for an ordinance that would modify the city’s practices around bail.  Under the ordinance, all persons charged with a non-violent municipal offense will be released on their own recognizance (ROR) or on an unsecured bond.

Currently, very few defendants are released on their own recognizance (ROR) or on an unsecured bonds, and as a result, are spending time in jail simply because of being poor or working class.  This has serious negative effects on people’s lives.

People held in pretrial detention immediately lose their freedom, and often their jobs, their homes, their families, their health, and community ties. In this way, a relatively minor arrest can destabilize an entire family-placing children in foster care, leaving an entire family homeless or rendering a previously stable person homeless and unemployed.

Numerous studies have found that African American defendants receive substantially-often 35% or more- higher bonds than white defendants with similar situations. African American and Latino defendants are 2 times more likely than white defendants to be held on bail amounts they could not afford.

We cannot afford to incarcerate the poor! 

Today: OPPRC is counting on you

OPPRC needs your help with “Susan Guidry, LaToya Cantrell, Stacy Head, Nadine Ramsey, Jason Rogers Williams: Reform the Bail System in New Orleans”. Join OPPRC and 212 supporters today.