African-American Voters Want Pretrial Change: Report

African-American voters want change at the front door—or the pretrial stage—of the criminal justice system, according to a new report by the Pretrial Justice Institute.

The report noted that African Americans are disproportionately penalized by detention decisions that are based on wealth instead of safety, and, they are more likely to be required to pay money to be released from jail before trial and to pay higher amounts.

For example, from Los Angeles to Baltimore, African-American communities are losing tens of millions of dollars to money bail payments—dollars that cannot be recovered, even if the charges are dropped or the person is found not guilty, authors said.

In sum, African-American voters are “ready for change.”

Data revealed that 72 percent of voters agree that the…

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