I have followed the ups and downs of the world of Commercial Bail Bond’s versus Pre trial release for  years. Today I got an email on the subject. I have pasted the Email in total, the only editing was the removal of links. I just can not bring myself to link to crap!

 

Dear Simon,

Imagine being arrested for a crime you have no knowledge of, then waiting nine years in a prison cell to receive justice—until eventually, desperate to return to your home, friends and family, you give up and plead guilty.
 
This is the story of Victor—a story not unlike hundreds of thousands of others around the world: people in poverty who are assumed guilty and left without legitimate legal recourse due to their inability to pay bail or afford a lawyer and secure access to a speedy trial.
 
These are the stories told by “Nightmare,” a new short film produced by the Incarceration Nations Network and created by Alex Pope. [link removed]

Right now, 3.2 million potentially innocent people currently sit in jails around the world waiting—sometimes for decades—in deplorable, commonly unlivable conditions to face a justice system regarding crimes they may have not committed.
 
This is the criminalization of poverty. [link removed]
 
Overlooked and neglected as a population, people languishing in pre-trial detention overwhelmingly come from the poorest strata of society.
 
This must change.
 
Together, Global Citizen and organizations like Incarceration Nations Network, the Wits Justice Project and the Bail Project are shining a light on this global injustice faced by the poor and taking action.
 
For Freedom, For Justice, For All. [link removed]
 
In solidarity,
Baz & the Global Citizen team

I think the salient part of this dishwater is:

Imagine being arrested for a crime you have no knowledge of, then waiting nine years in a prison cell to receive justice—until eventually, desperate to return to your home, friends and family, you give up and plead guilty.

Of course there is no real clue as to who the unfortunate person was that spent 9 years behind bars because he/she could not post bail. As I recall there are some laws about keeping people behind bars without trial.

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