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BAIL TRAP: American Ransom

Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Yet, most Americans know very little about it. Brave New Films has produced this series – The Bail Trap: American Ransom – to change that.

The money bail system is broken. Private companies make exorbitant profits by scavenging off of communities (primarily of color) living in poverty. Low-income Americans sit in jail for days, months, and even years for minor infractions simply because they can’t afford to pay high bond amounts. The reality is that 70% of Americans are in jail for one simple reason – being too poor. This needs to change.

Watch our Bail Trap series – Breaking Down Bail, Tai’s Story, Deal with the Devil, and How Much Is Your Freedom Worth? – to see how our bail system affects everyday people, even when they haven’t been convicted of a crime. New Jersey's Money Bail Overhaul: A Success Story covers New Jersey’s historic money bail reform.

Total run time for the series - 39:09

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How Much Is Your Freedom Worth

Money bail creates long-term problems for many American families. In this film, spoken-word poetry and creative reenactments are performed by artists who have been formerly incarcerated.