Poverty is not a crime! Bail reform in the US now!

Poverty is not a crime! Bail reform in the US now!

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Sophie Goldensohn started this petition to US justice system

When Kalief Browder was 16 years old, he was sent to Rikers Island because he couldn't afford to pay bail. Merely accused of stealing a backpack, he spent three years in jail, two of which were in solitary confinement. Kalief was never found guilty, but he was traumatized from his ordeal and committed suicide soon after he was released. 

This is a horrific example of how our broken bail system can ruin innocent people's lives. But that's not all. Imprisoning people pretrial costs taxpayers 13.6 billion per year. Money shouldn't be used to mess up the lives of the innocent when there are causes that desperately need funding. If that wasn't enough, studies show that people are more likely to be convicted if they aren't able to pay bail -- unfair is putting it mildly. 

What more convincing does our justice system need? Being poor isn't a crime. Sign this petition if you care about the people suffering in prison just because they can't pay bail.

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