|Right now, thousands of people in North Carolina are locked in jail for one reason: because they do not have enough money to pay the bail that would allow them to go home to their jobs and families while they wait for their day in court.
This is because of our unjust cash bail system, which violates people’s rights, harms people of color in particular, separates families, and fuels the mass incarceration crisis.
Today we filed a lawsuit with Civil Rights Corps on behalf of three people who are incarcerated right now in the Alamance County jail who do not have enough money to pay the bail that would allow them to go home to their jobs and families while they wait for their day in court.
We’re suing to put an immediate stop to this destructive practice in Alamance County and putting officials across the state on notice: our current bail practices in North Carolina are unconstitutional, violate people’s rights, and must end.
In this country, we are all supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. But under our cash bail system, a person’s freedom too often depends only on how much money they have in their bank account.
Our lawsuit also claims violations of the right to counsel because poor people in Alamance County accused of crimes are not provided attorneys to represent them when bail is being set.
We’ll keep you posted on the lawsuit and other ways to get involved. Thanks for joining us in the fight for justice.