Ending Mass Incarceration

The idea that people are innocent until proven guilty is a bedrock principle of America’s judicial system, but the widespread practice of requiring people to pay money bond for their freedom while they await trial incarcerates tens of thousands of people who are poor  each year before they even get a trial.

More 4,400 people in Cook County Jail at any given time are there because they cannot afford to pay bond. Abolishing money bond in Illinois is a significant step toward reducing mass incarceration in Illinois.