Money bail is one of the main feeders of America's mass incarceration system – and yet something most Americans know very little about. Brave New Films is creating a series of short films to change that.
The money bail system is broken: private companies achieve exorbitant profits by scavenging off of communities (primarily of color) living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years for the most minor of infractions simply because they can’t afford to pay high bond amounts. The reality is that the majority of people – over 70% - are in jails for one simple reason: being too poor. This is both morally and legally wrong.
Watch our first video, Breaking Down Bail, to see how little most of us know about the reality of our bail system – and learn how money bail really works!
For more information, please visit our Bail Fact Page.