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The New York Review
October 27, 2020

How ICE’s Bail Bond Scheme Lets Corporations Profit Off Migrants
By Marzena Zukowska

Proponents of immigration bonds argue that they function as collateral to ensure people do not abscond on release. Immigrant rights activists contest this, and cite the Department of Justice’s own data from 2018 (the last year available) that 75 percent of immigrants attend mandatory court hearings, a number that researchers at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University have found could be even higher. Criminal justice statistics reveal a similar trend. District of Columbia virtually eliminated its criminal bail system back in 1992; when assessing the effect of that ruling nearly a quarter century later, in 2016, D.C. Superior Court Judge Truman Morrison concluded: “There is no evidence you need money to get people back to court. It’s irrational, ineffective, unsafe, and profoundly unfair.”

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