End Cash Bail

RECEIVED Thu., July 18, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Our justice system in America has needed reform for years for multiple reasons. I am a former public school teacher who discovered that people are often kept in jail because they cannot afford bail. I witnessed instances where a parent spent months in jail awaiting trial and in the end, they were not convicted. I have seen statistics that say almost 3 million children have one or both parents in jail.
    I also saw where people pleaded guilty, not because they were, but just to get out of jail because they were at risk of losing their job, their children, or their homes.
    Over half a million Americans are behind bars even though they have not been convicted and many are there because they cannot afford to post bail. I would love to see Travis County be one of the communities that are moving to end cash bail for low-level, nonviolent crimes as that means citizens can keep their job, their homes and keep families together.
Brenda Hannan Hughes
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