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Sharone Mitchell Jr. on Ending Cash Bail | KnowThis

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Illinois became the first state in the country to eliminate cash bail, a practice that’s been called a ‘poor people’s tax’ by critics. Zinhle Essamuah talks to Sharone Mitchell Jr., the director of Illinois Justice Project, about the legislation, prison and police reform, and the precedent set for other states.
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0:00 Intro
0:46 Illinois Legislation Passed
2:33 What Ending Cash Bail Means
5:24 The Debate
7:01 Wider Police Reform
8:55 Jails vs. Public Safety
11:01 Setting a Precedent

This week, Illinois became the first state in the United States to end cash bail for jail release when people are waiting for their cases to be heard. The practice disproportionately affects people of color. Former Chicago public defender Sharone Mitchell Jr. is the director of Illinois Justice Project. We talk to him about the legislation, a dual existing justice system, police reform, how sending fewer people to jail creates safer communities, and more.

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