In US justice system, less well-off inmates cannot pay bail

Throughout the US, less well-off inmates who have not been convicted of any crime await trial in jail for months, sometimes even years, because they cannot pay bail.

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    Throughout the US, less well-off inmates who have not been convicted of any crime await trial in jail for months, sometimes even years, because they cannot pay bail.

    In Chicago, one woman charged with stealing some plums and chocolate bars spent 135 days in prison, costing taxpayers nearly $20,000.

    Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Chicago.


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