Criminal Justice

Bail Reform: A Civil Liberties Briefing


Every day nearly 450,000 people languish in jail without ever being convicted of a crime. Ohio’s punitive bail system is costly, racially biased, counterproductive, and a key driver of mass incarceration. People suffer in local jails while awaiting trial, and low-level offenses such as drug possession cause many working Ohioans to lose their jobs. Most importantly, putting bail out of reach for thousands of low-income people violates our fundamental principle of innocent until proven guilty. The ACLU of Ohio recommends reasonable and achievable reforms to end this unjust practice.

Read our resource Bail Reform: A Civil Liberties Briefing.

Posted to Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, General Civil Liberties, Juvenile Justice, Racial Justice.