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The Bail Trap: American Ransom


The money bail system is one of the main feeders of mass incarceration. Yet, few people know what the money bail system is, let alone how it all works or why we need to do away with it.

That’s why Brave New Films' has produced a new short film compilation about America’s broken bail system—The Bail Trap: American Ransom. This ongoing short-film series currently includes: Breaking Down Bail, unpacking the myths and history of bail, and Tai's Story: College or Bail?, a documentary about a young woman and the $100,000 price-tag put on her freedom.

The reality is that 70% of people in jail are there for one reason: living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years simply because they can’t afford to pay high bail amounts. All the while, private companies are profiting in the billions each year. This must end. Sign up to screen any portion or all of The Bail Trap: American Ransom in your classroom below. 

Coming soon: Deal with The Devil, a cautionary film about the dangers of plea deals, and How Much is Your Freedom Worth?, a compilation of spoken-word poetry performed by artists who have been formerly incarcerated