Criminal justice researcher says bail reform needs to go further

With crime and incarceration at the forefront of ongoing political campaigns, the paper also notes that between 2009 and 2017, the commercial bail industry made $1.7 million in political contributions to state campaigns with almost $1.4 million going directly to candidates for governor, legislative office, district attorney and attorney general.

“The commercial bail industry’s profit model is premised on the existence of cash bail and the higher cash bail is set by the court, the more money the commercial bondsman makes.” 

The bail industry opposition to reform, she says, has been a factor contributing to the political opposition to bail reform efforts. This opposition serves only to perpetuate the financial interests of the for-profit commercial bail industry and exacerbates the harm of wealth-based pretrial detention for our communities, she says.  

Featured image at top of Calaway provided by Pete Gemmer/UC Blue Ash College

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