Police Violence: One More Reason to End Cash Bail

The original purpose of bail was to insure a defendant’s appearance at trial. Now it’s a different story.

Michele Sharpe
Politically Speaking
4 min readMay 2, 2021

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Metal jail cell door with white person’s hand gripping a bar. Unclear if the person is inside or outside of the cell.
Photo by Weston MacKinnon on Unsplash

In the last 40 years, cash bail in America transformed from a system assuring defendants’ presence at future court dates into a pre-trial punishment. This transformation has devastated individuals and…

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Michele Sharpe
Politically Speaking

Words in NYT, WaPo, Oprah Mag, Poets&Writers, et als. Adoptee/high school dropout/hep C survivor/former trial attorney. @MicheleJSharpe & MicheleSharpe.com