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Community bail funds, while still small in scale, are working
Freedom funds operate as a form of "bail nullification."
Recognizing the ways that cash bail skews criminal justice outcomes and the attendant consequences that radiate from the individual to the community, activists in jurisdictions most impacted by mass incarceration have begun creating community bail funds.
A guilty plea (even considering the collateral consequences associated with a criminal record) can look attractive when compared to the alternative of days or weeks in jail before a trial.
A dysfunctional bail system contributes to mass incarceration.
Pretrial detention results in negative consequences that are unrelated to a person's guilt or innocence.