When it rains it pours is one way of saying that when trouble starts there seems to be no end. Over the past 60-days in Las Vegas, it seems as though there’s been nothing but bad news. Two adults responsbile for children’s well-being are charged with “lewdness with a minor”, a firebug gets semi-active in Trump International and Elvis shoots a friend during a game of Pokemon Go. All the trouble amounted to good news for Vegas’ bondsmen. The smallest bail was $25,000 and the largest over $300,000.
Poor people can’t catch a break in America – in many ways. One of the changes meant to level the playing field are the laws surrounding bail. Too often an indigent person finds they have to set behind bars – without trial, without a conviction – for simply not having enough money to cover bail. In extreme cases, the innocent are locked up for months and years. Progressive minded state legislators are taking steps to begin to change the way poor people are punished for being poor.