Activists rushing to pay bail for inmates amid virus threat
Jason Hammond walked into Chicago’slast month with a stack of cashier’s checks totaling $75,000. The volunteer for the Chicago Community Bond Fund was bailing out eight inmates at once, his largest group yet in response to the .
“We’re not just fighting for a few people, we’re fighting for everyone to be bonded out,” Hammond told CBS News. “We were doing that before the coronavirus, but now it feels like a double emergency. The cases in prisons are about to explode.”
Community bond funds are working overtime as experts warn how quickly disease can spread inside jails. The organizations typically rely on private and small donors to assist those who can’t make their cash bail. Criminal justice reform advocates argue the public health crisis is highlighting wealth inequality, as an estimated 450,000 …continued .
[Source: CBS News]