Join the campaign to end the unjust for-profit cash bail system that strips people of their rights, targets poor people and people of color, and hurts families and communities.
A person’s freedom should never depend on how much money is in their bank account. But right now in North Carolina, thousands of people who have not been convicted of a crime are sitting in jail for one simple reason: because they do not have enough money to pay for bail.
People who cannot afford their bail are locked up while their cases go through the courts, which can take weeks, months, or even years. Those who can afford bail go free, allowing them to return to their homes, families, and jobs before their trial.
In the United States, we are all supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. But that is not how cash bail works. Instead, it’s created two criminal justice systems: one for the rich and one for the rest of us.
Our state's current money bail system is broken. It’s time to make our voices heard and take a stand against the unjust for-profit bail industry.
The United States keeps more people behind bars than any other nation on earth. In North Carolina, this epidemic of mass incarceration has exacted a devastating toll: ruining lives, dividing families, targeting people of color, and wasting taxpayer dollars, all while doing nothing to make our communities safer.
The ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice is an unprecedented, nationwide effort to implement a new vision for justice in America by cutting the U.S. jail and prison population in half and ensuring that people are not treated differently based on the color of their skin or the size of their bank account.