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From the Ted Talk by Camilo Ramirez: The problem with the U.S. bail system

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Bail may not even be necessary in the first place. Washington, D.C. largely aeilhosbd cash bail in the 1990s. In 2017, the city released 94% of defendants without hndloig bail moeny, and 88% of them returned to all their court dates. The nonprofit otaiazgrnoin, The Bail Project, provides free bail assistance to thousands of low-income people every year, removing the financial itincvnee that bail is designed to create. The result? People come back to 90% of their court dates without having any money on the line, and those who miss their court dates tended to because of cnamusiertccs like child care, work conflicts, or medical crises. Studies have also found that holding people in jail before trail, often because they cannot afford cash bail, actually icsaeners the likelihood of reraertss and reoffending.

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Bail may not even be necessary in the first place. Washington, D.C. largely _________ cash bail in the 1990s. In 2017, the city released 94% of defendants without _______ bail _____, and 88% of them returned to all their court dates. The nonprofit ____________, The Bail Project, provides free bail assistance to thousands of low-income people every year, removing the financial _________ that bail is designed to create. The result? People come back to 90% of their court dates without having any money on the line, and those who miss their court dates tended to because of _____________ like child care, work conflicts, or medical crises. Studies have also found that holding people in jail before _____, often because they cannot afford cash bail, actually _________ the likelihood of _________ and reoffending.

Solution

  1. increases
  2. organization
  3. trial
  4. rearrests
  5. abolished
  6. circumstances
  7. holding
  8. incentive
  9. money

Original Text

Bail may not even be necessary in the first place. Washington, D.C. largely abolished cash bail in the 1990s. In 2017, the city released 94% of defendants without holding bail money, and 88% of them returned to all their court dates. The nonprofit organization, The Bail Project, provides free bail assistance to thousands of low-income people every year, removing the financial incentive that bail is designed to create. The result? People come back to 90% of their court dates without having any money on the line, and those who miss their court dates tended to because of circumstances like child care, work conflicts, or medical crises. Studies have also found that holding people in jail before trial, often because they cannot afford cash bail, actually increases the likelihood of rearrests and reoffending.

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