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Quick Facts:


Every day in the US we incarcerate about 450,000 people pretrial

This accounts for 20% of total US incarceration

US pretrial incarceration costs about $14 billion per year

Many people are incarcerated pretrial not because they’re risky but because they’re too poor to buy their way out of jail