Your Bail Story
In Ohio, thousands of people are held in city and county jails awaiting trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime, yet many find themselves unable to make bail and their lives are upended waiting for freedom. Ohio’s bail system criminalizes low income individuals, fuels an exploitative commercial bail bond industry, and does little to keep the community safe.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is campaigning for legislative reforms to Ohio’s pretrial criminal justice system that would reduce the number of persons held in jail because they cannot afford bail. As part of this process we would like to hear from those impacted by the bail system either because they were 1) kept in jail and could not afford their release, or 2) know a person close to them forced to experience the pain and uncertainty of waiting to come home.
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ACLU of Ohio
c/o Policy Department
4506 Chester Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103