Date: March 02, 2019
“Cash bail favors the rich, who can pay it and go home, while poorer people are frequently forced to remain in jail while they await trial.
That fact alone helps to explain why cash bail has been eliminated or restricted in California, New Jersey and Arizona, and appears to be on the way out in a number of other places, including New York.
But two new studies in economic journals show that inequities in the cash-bail system lead to more long-lasting and pernicious consequences.
In itself, an inability to pay bail after being arrested makes it more likely that you will be convicted of that offense, according to a study published last year in the American Economic Review. The study found that being held in jail while awaiting trial also makes it more likely that, two to four years after an initial arrest, you will be engaged in criminal behavior or unemployed.”