That rapper guy, Sean Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, aka Hova, aka Jiggaman, aka Beyonce’s boo, is kicking out big bucks to get men out of jail for Father’s Day.
Good for him!
…But when I helped produce this year’s docuseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, I became obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry. Kalief’s family was too poor to post bond when he was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sentenced to a kind of purgatory before he ever went to trial. The three years he spent in solitary confinement on Rikers ultimately created irreversible damage that lead to his death at 22.
Sandra Bland was also forced to post bail after her minor traffic infraction in Prairie View, Texas, led to a false charge of assaulting a public servant (the officer who arrested her was later charged with perjury regarding the arrest). She was placed in a local jail in a pre-incarcerated state. Again, she was never convicted of a crime.
On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.
Read more on Jay-Z getting men out of jail on Time.com