Eliminate the commercial bail bond industry.

Target actor: State legislators.

Commercial bail bond operations benefit from a predatory system, extracting money from people who do not have the means to post cash bail. These operations are harmful to communities and exert political power against efforts to reform bail systems. Communities can pressure state legislatures to address these harms by making commercial bail bond operations illegal under state law. Commercial bail bonding is already illegal in Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin.Sheila Cohen, “Bail Bond Industry Fights Back Against Moves To Limit Or End Cash Bail,” Wisconsin Public Radio, January 15, 2019, https://perma.cc/NV9N-UFRJ.

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