ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Detroit’s Cash Bail System

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit against Detroit’s 36th District Court over cash bail. The Civil Rights organization argues that the cash bail system is not only unconstitutional but also discriminatory against poor people.

“A person’s freedom should not depend on how much money they have,” Dan Korobkin, ACLU of Michigan’s deputy legal director, said in a statement. “Bail was originally intended to ensure a person returns to court to face charges against them. But instead, the money bail system has morphed into mass incarceration of the poor. It punishes people not for what they’ve done but because of what they don’t have.”

The lawsuit names the court’s Chief Judge, Nancy M. Blount, and five magistrates who are responsible for setting bail at arraignment, The Detroit News reported. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is also named…

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  • coloradoerik3030

    I’m glad to see more jurisdictions being challenged on the system of ‘cash bail’ and I hope the trend will continue all across the country until we do away with this broken system in favor of something more just!

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