[70 Million] How Those Drowning in Carceral Debt Are Lining Others’ Pockets


The commercial bail bond industry is privatized, consolidated – and estimated to be worth $2.4 billion dollars. People arrested in a state like California, the most expensive place to post bail, often end up in cycles of carceral debt that derail their lives. Reporter Sonia Paul follows one woman’s story – and talks to the organizers, politicians, and experts advocating for bail reform.

Find a resource guide and annotated transcript at our website here. This piece originally published on December 19, 2022.

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