The US is addicted to incarceration. Here's how to break the cycle | Robin Steinberg

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Nearly half a million people in the US are in jail right now without being convicted of a crime, simply because they can’t come up with the money to pay cash bail. To try and fix this system, public defender and activist Robin Steinberg asked a straightforward question: What if we paid bail for them? In conversation with TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi, Steinberg shares how her nonprofit The Bail Project — which uses a revolving fund to post bail for those who can’t afford it — is scaling up their efforts across the country and rolling out a new community-based model to fight mass incarceration. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED’s initiative to inspire and fund global change.)

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James L says:

Not completely new. Vera Institute of Justice did something like this in the early 90's. I worked there as a bail enforcement person then. She is right though, making bail is a big deal.

Jobert Ding says:

Good conversation

Robert Zawasky says:

It makes me sick to think, people who’ve committed victimless crimes, who’s motivation for said crime, was simply to provide for there family’s. Lives are destroyed, for the sake of privatized prison profits.

Bradley S says:

NO!!!….America is addicted to CRIME!!….step outside in any big city, and WATCH!!….MORE prisons please!!

Dani Vasquez says:

I was pretty supportive about this talk until she said that women were disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice lol. Disproportionately targeted by getting 30% of a man's sentence at club fed

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Ms.Docileone says:

when i had just become a teen my father took me to the local police station and had the officers put me in jail because my uncle (his brother) gave me marijuana, i was not arrested, i was underage, i was put in a cell next to an adult twice my size – what does this program do for people in this situation?

Shang Hong Tan says:

I think the base of this problem should be address where the problem doesnt lies in bailing and this system is very likely to abused by the ones with power and wealth

Rekurzion says:

Maybe joe Biden can help with our mass incarceration probl… oh wait

Hammer Ology says:

#1. Stop breaking the law.
#2. See number one!

ST7A Bad Karma says:

Bleeding heart liberal garbage. Stop coddling criminals. Do the crime you do the time. It’s called being held accountable for one’s actions. It’s this type of bleeding heart passivity that’s leading to the anarchy and lawlessness that’s destroying inner cities that are lead by Liberal lunatics.

khawla Al Hafiz says:

It's really a good initiative to help people to pay their billout, poverty it's a real challenge to countries and communities activists as well. Because if you not put a real solution to mitigated of it you will end up in a poor country because its majority are poor people.
All community should help and government also not in US only but everywhere helping and social backed is a magical key solution for poverty problems around the world.

asmacarthur says:

Physical punishment instead?

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