Bail Facts

  • 90 percent of people who cannot make bail are Black or Hispanic.
  •  Half of all misdemeanor charges end in a non-criminal disposition (outright acquittal, violation or Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal).
  • Defendants are nine times more likely to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge if they cannot make bail.
  • It costs New York City $475 per day to jail someone.
  • New York City spends $42 million a year to imprison people being held on bail amounts of $1,000 or less.

Bail Reform in the News

  • John Oliver on bail
  • "The bail trap," New York Times
  • "City council to review broken bail system,"
  • "New York City desperately needs a bail fund," Observer