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As judicial system stakeholders have come to understand the scope and impact of pretrial detention, they are reexamining their state and local bail systems. We’re supporting stakeholders’ efforts by providing data about how these systems function and helping them develop and implement effective reforms.

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


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