Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pre-trial release: Al Jazeera America probes the "multi-billion dollar bail bond industry" on a "Fault Lines" production called "Chasing Bail" which asks: how does money affect who goes free and who stays behind bars?

PUBLISHER'S NOTE:  "Al Jazeera America has been distinguishing itself by producing documentaries that critically examine America's criminal justice system, including the ongoing series "The System" which touches, in part, on  the role of  junk science in the nation's courts. Readers may also be interested in the Network's probe of America's "Multi-billion dollar bail bond industry" in the Fault Lines documentary "Chasing Bail" to be broadcast this evening: Saturday May 24, 2014.  HL.

POST:  Al Jazeera America's Fault Lines presents "Chasing Bail," to be broadcast on Saturday May 24, 2014 at 7pm ET/4pm PT.

GIST: This Saturday, May 24th at 7pm ET/4 pm PT, Al Jazeera America’s Peabody Award-winning investigative documentary program, “Fault Lines,” examines America's multi-billion dollar bail bond industry, and the uniquely American job of bounty hunting.  The U.S. is one of only two countries (along with the Philippines) that allows companies to bail people out of jail at a profit.  In all but 4 states, bail bondsmen are allowed to take almost any legal measure necessary to capture fugitives, including crossing state lines and breaking into homes. It’s a dangerous business for almost everyone involved, with few rules and little oversight. “Fault Lines” correspondent Sebastian Walker travels to California, Maryland, and New York to examine how money determines the fates of those awaiting trial by the criminal justice system, and meets two of the approximately 15,000 bounty hunters who operate in the United States.........In a nation where, on any given day, nearly 70% of the jailed population is awaiting judgment – how does money affect who goes free and who stays behind bars."
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