Cash Bail

Pretrial detainees make up more than 70 percent of the U.S. jail population — roughly 536,000 people. Many of them remain behind bars solely because they cannot buy back their freedom.

Originally, the bail system was intended to ensure that people would return to court to face the charges against them. Today, money bail is used to confine those who have been charged but not convicted and to criminalize poverty. It’s clear, from research and real life, that pre-trial detention does not improve community safety; it only hurts the individuals and families of those directly impacted.

We continue to pursue and support litigation aimed at abolishing cash bail.

Key Cases

Key Facts

  • $22.2 billion

  • 62% not serving time

  • 57% of Americans

  • Kalif Browder