According to the most recent statewide estimate in 2018, there were more than 12,000 people held in jail pretrial on any given day in Ohio, at an estimated cost to the state of between $300 and $400 million annually. That's according to a report released by the ACLU of Ohio, which finds that Ohioans could save between $199 and $264 million per year by not incarcerating people before trial in the vast majority of cases.
Now a national non-profit is working to provides free bail assistance to low-income people. The Bail Project recently launched a new site in Cincinnati and began posting bail here in September.
Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss The Bail Project and the push for bail reform are The Bail Project Cincinnati Operations Manager Shameka Parrish-Wright; Cincinnati Bail Disruptor Jeremy Page; a client of The Bail Project Brian Wrightsman; and ACLU of Ohio Policy Counsel Claire Chevrier, Esq.
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