1. If people cannot pay the amount set for their bail, which is often put intentionally out of reach for people of color, they remain stuck in jail and lose the ability to work, raise their children and be free as people who are legally presumed innocent.
2. Many people who cannot afford bail plead guilty—and suffer the consequences of a criminal record and unjust punishment—just to get out of jail, even if they are innocent or face exaggerated charges they could fight in court if they had the time and resources, and if the system were fair.
3. To come up with the money for release, many people and their families get caught in exploitative arrangements with bail bond corporations, backed by big insurance corporations, which typically charge a nonrefundable fee of 10 percent.