Approximately half a million people are currently
in jail awaiting trial across the United States, the vast majority
because they are unable to pay bail. A 2018 study of Philadelphia
and Miami-Dade found that people being held on bail earned roughly
$4,500 per year on average. Many of them will plead guilty just to
get out of jail. On this week’s episode, we are joined by Appeal
reporter Joshua Vaughn to discuss how bail punishes people for the
crime of being poor.