America’s Broken Bail System Substitutes Cash for Justice

This post originally appeared at The Daily Beast.

Current bail practices are trapping the poor behind bars by basing freedom on an individual’s ability to pay. Malika Saada Saar — Google’s senior counsel on civil and human rights — and Mark Holden — chairman of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and general counsel for Koch Industries — explain how states can reform bail in a joint op-ed published by The Daily Beast.

Google and Koch are partners for criminal justice reform, focusing specifically on bail reform. “There are fairer and more effective data-driven practices consistent with fundamental principles of liberty and based on a smart-on-crime and soft-on-taxpayers approach,” the authors argue.