Friday, September 11, 2015

John Oliver lets loose on the bail system

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Our cover story this week takes a look at the local bail system and how it puts the squeeze on people who are charged with a crime but have no money to bail themselves out. You should definitely read the story, but then listen to what John Oliver has to say on the subject: 

"The frequency and cost of bail has risen dramatically, and it is disproportionately hurting the poor," Oliver says. "In fact, in 2013, an analysis of New Jersey's jail population found that nearly 40 percent were being held solely because they couldn't meet the terms of their bail, which is crazy. Jail is supposed to be for dangerous criminals." 

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Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.