What is Money Bail
In Oklahoma, money bail means people who have never had their day in court spend weeks, if not months or years locked in a jail cell. While bail is supposed to be used as a mechanism to ensure someone reappears in court, arbitrary money amounts mean Oklahoma families and communities suffer when someone cannot buy a chance at justice.
Money bail is meant to provide an assurance that people accused of a crime return for their court date. In reality, it creates two systems in our pay-for-play legal system, one for those with enough money to buy their freedom pre-trial and one that holds those who cannot pay for ransom, an unjust leverage that often forces people into unfair plea agreements.
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