How Cash Bail is Killing the Black Community | Creators for Change


– [Narrator] $14 billion. What’s better than one billionaire? Two? Well, how about 14? That’s generational wealth. That’s three generations at least. But this ain’t a celebration
of individual wealth. $14 billion. What’s better than one billionaire? A successful community, good schools, flourishing small
businesses, healthy children, emotional support,
financial stability for all. $14 billion. We know that mass incarceration is one key part of the system of oppression that has devastated the black community. $14 billion ain’t even the
whole sum of the profit that imprisoning black bodies churns out. $14 billion is the Money Bail system. Money Bail is. – [Oliver] I think the current
system disproportionately affects people who don’t have the money to actually pay for their release. To secure their release. – [Nia] These are people who are literally living by the seat of their pants. And so, you know, a day
in jail is detrimental. – [Kenneth] 85% of the cases that come through this court
house, they’re poor people. They can’t afford an attorney. Better yet, 85% just in the nation. 85% of the cases are people
who consist of poor people. – [Narrator] In the norm of capitalism is always gonna capitalize, bail has become a profitable business that wrings money out of
the poorest community. – [Flozell] We spend
as much, or more money, going after fines and fees
than we actually get in return. It’s like squeezing blood from a turnip. If poor people are poor, and they don’t have the money, they can’t make the
money up from anywhere. So then they get fines because
they didn’t pay the fees. So they end up having to owe more money, even though they never had
the money in the first place. – [Narrator] It disrupts
families, homes and communities. But one of the most devastating
tolls happening in silence. – [Mwende] People think
when it’s just bail work, they’re like, oh you bailed someone out. Great, that’s awesome. And that’s not true. For very many people
there’s a lot of support and after-services that needs to be done, ’cause people have been
incarcerated for whatever reason. So what does that look like
in terms of their jobs, in terms of their housing? Do they have a place to go
back to if we do bail them out? Do they have a way to come back and make all of their subsequent court appearances if we bail them out? There’s ways that if you
engage in this work carelessly, you actually set people up for failure, to be re-incarcerated. – [Narrator] Poverty is violence. Violence perpetuated by a society who continually suffocates the poor. – [Kenneth] We haven’t even broken down the piece with the poor people. This is just criminal defense as a whole, not even the poor people who experience even more of a degradation than that. – [Narrator] We deplete a community that’s already living without. We criminalize them. – [Nia] Crimes that people commit are usually related to economics, right? It is desperation and economics. Where even drug offenses are
desperation and economics. Check fraud, desperation and economics. Sex work, right, desperation
and economics most of the time. – [Narrator] We feel we are
so far removed from them when it’s a hair-thin
thread that separates us. – [Kenneth] The only
thing that separates me from a client was a mistake and a layoff. – [Narrator] This finite,
thin shield that protects you from being a body press to
turn out a $14 billion profit. A traffic light ticket. A loud argument. – [Flozell] Every year, there are new laws being put on the books
that criminalize something that last year, five years ago or 25 years ago were not criminal acts. – [Narrator] And accusal. – You can control what you do. You can control whether you break the law. You can never control whether you’ll be accused of breaking the law. – [Narrator] You, nor I, are above being implicated by the system, and while we tend to
look at criminal justice reform through the lens of men, there’s another layer
of silent devastation happening to poor women of color. – [Nia] I have female clients. There’s nobody. They navigate the system by themselves. When it’s doing reform, it
always forgets the women. – [Narrator] The
pre-adjudication imprisonment of women who are unable to make bail starts a cycle of devastation
that is hard to break. – [Mwende] Women are the backbone of families and communities, so what’s behind a backbone? You know, like, what holds you
up outside of your backbone? – [Narrator] But we can help
stop this bloated system. – [Flozell] A system that is so bloated, and that has grown so much
in the last 30 or 40 years, that it is struggling to pay for itself. – [Narrator] We have the
power to stop this system and push for restorative
reform that moves away from a punitive system meant
to entangle poor people. Rethinking how we do or
don’t view people poor, letting go of bias. – [Kenneth] Don’t run from your bias. Try to change it. – [Narrator] Holding onto and pushing for accountability in our local politics. – [Jasmine] I think just
showing up sometimes is enough. You know, getting on to speak, and just asking the tough questions. – [Kenneth] Informed voting. Become an informed voter. Because it’s not the vote. It’s the information that you process and you seek
out before you vote. – [Narrator] Voting. – [Flozell] To really figure
out what role can they play? Can they volunteer? Can they write a letter? Can they make a phone call to this city council person,
the state legislature? – [Nia] The people that are considered at the bottom of the totem
pole are highlighted first. ‘Cause we’re not gonna
win until they’re seen, until they win; when they win, we win. – [Lakeesha] Educate our people. And that is a vulnerable process. It’s not always receptive, but with social media, there is a means of finding your tribe and
putting the word out that you, this is your stance. – [Narrator] By being an actively engaged member of our community. – [Jasmine] The commissioner’s court. Your commissioners. A lot of people don’t even
know who their commissioner is. A lot of people have no idea
what the commissioners do. – [Narrator] And being mindful. This isn’t just about reform or deconstructing a carceral state. – [Flozell] Well, imagine
if we spent that money to actually try to help people be clean as opposed to incarcerate
you before your tribe. Imagine if we did that. Maybe if we tried to
actually solve the problem so that it wasn’t a reoccurring thing. So that ultimately that drug use didn’t lead to something else. – [Narrator] Our commitment
is to be inclusive of building up and sustaining a community. (somber instrumental music)




Comments
  1. I'm pretty sure for it to count as oppression, it's got to be undeserved. Bail bonds are for criminals and while yes, it just might be a bad system that preys on poor people, most of the time, the people who need bail are guilty so can't be oppressed by it. If you are going to take the time to put out videos, take the time to use English.

    For those of you who are not bad criminals, Bail is a very high amount of money you lend to the court as insurance that you will come to court on the day you are supposed to (you get back the money for bail when you show up minus legal fees and fines). Bail Bondsmen will put up that money for you for usually around 10% of the actual bail amount, so if you have say a 50 thousand dollar bail, you will pay the bail people 5 thousand dollars and they will lend you the money to pay bail. When you show up for court, the bail people get their 50k back. If you don't show, they will then go hire a bounty hunter (usually) and hit you with further fines including the cost of the bounty hunter and of course you get a failure to appear charge at minimum to add to your legal trouble.

    If you are actually innocent, then paying bail might be a good idea, but for the most part, people arrested are arrested for a very good reason and are incredibly likely to be guilty. If they simply sat in jail instead of taking the bail option, that time spent in jail waiting for the trial would be counted towards any jail/prison time in the punishment, so it's not a waste to save the money and sit your ass in jail (assuming you are in fact guilty).

    If you are guilty and have the balls to admit it, or were caught red handed, or otherwise know you are going to do time, then the only reason you would want to use the bail system is to run. (No I didn't forget about extremely rare cases where maybe you only have 3 months to live so bail out and get a continuance then you won't do any time, but that's more improbable than a SJW being correct about anything, so I'm ignoring it and any similar extreme case reasons for the argument.)

    So if we ignore the actual definition of oppression, and want to say black people are being affected by it, it's because they are not willing to take responsibility for their actions-with the exception of the few who are actually innocent of whatever crime they are needing to pay bail for. We could make Bail completely fair by simply waving any bail fees if you are found innocent at your trial and compensating bondsmen by letting them charge a slightly higher interest rate for the guilty people who use their service.

  2. the unnecesary incarceration is becuz of the drug war which affects all races not just blacks. the black hood rap/gang culture and fatherless homes are another reason for the disproportionate incarcerations. its also important to remember what the difference between a cop doing his job regardeless of what skin color that cop is and a cop who is incompetent but just happens to be white or a different race of yours where u automatically jump to the conclusion of it being an incident of racism. for every video like philando castille i can show u another one where an incompetent officer shot/murdered an unarmed white person.

  3. There are millions of people from all races who get into bail trouble. This film seems to imply that black people are targeted, as if it's some behind-the-scenes racism garbage. The reason that it is like this is because on average, African Americans make up the larger population of lower income areas, which is where bail bond companies thrive. Just accept the fact that white people, in general, don't give a fuck if you're black.

  4. theres a difference between a racist cop and an incompetent one. when u let ur anger distort ur reality of that and u stay in denial as u equate the two as one in the same u will never gain more support on a mass scale as it is illogical

  5. ok state and county run ….jails and prisons LOSE MONEY every year. bail, is the only way to release someone and hopefully ensure they come back to court..but most importantly…..STOP BREAKING THE FUCKING LAW IN THE FIRST PLACE, and you wont GO to jail.

  6. Thank you, this is on point in both the black and Latino community. We need your voice so much right now, life for black & brown people is worse now since this big back to the 50's, make America proud to be racist again, campaign from the white house
    Thank you again & again

  7. You are not systematically oppressed. Systemic oppression implies laws being directly made against you because of your race. A racist individual, even if that individual is in power, it is not systemic

  8. Same deal with the IRS, who were caught cruising Texas, looking for houses without air conditioners to target, because they knew the dwellers within lacked the resources to fight the tax man.

  9. YouTube propaganda 1 2 3 4 YouTube propaganda 1 2 3 4 YouTube propaganda 1 2 3 4 YouTube propaganda 1 2 3 4 YouTube propaganda 1 2 3 4 You tube 1 2 3 4

  10. How come "poor black people" live in large cities where the government provides them all the assistance they need? Maybe it's not the individual that's at fault, but the system that's in place.

  11. Perhaps you should not commit crime in the first place. Is this a joke? Black people are poor. Black people are oppressed. Black people are the biggest victims of "___(everything)___". Cops only kills black people. Black lives matter. Only black lives matter. Right? As long as you vote for Democrats blindly, you will become puppets and stay that way for them forever. Black people are so stupid to me. How long are you gonna play that fucking victim game? A big thumb down.

  12. The pay for bail system is what is tearing these families apart….Really? It's not the fact that those people are actually committing crimes? The jails/prisons are not filled with people who are wrongfully accused, or people convicted of non violent crimes. Though both of those things happen, prisons are filled by people who commit and are convicted of serious and violent crimes.

    This video is garbage. You call this journalism? You try to make it seem as if most black people are just arrested and taken away for profit, and not because they commit serious offenses. You try to make it seem that most of the black people that are incarcerated is because of a traffic stop or raising their voice? WTF, are you kidding?

    No wonder there is another race war heating up. These crappy videos are misleading black youths into thinking that the system is setup for them to fail and they have no hope. Maybe teach them that hard work, integrity, and determination is the way to succeed in life. Maybe teach them that they are responsible for their own destinies, and stop teaching them to play the victim.

    Holy shit! These videos do nothing to solve problems.

  13. more liberal garbage being pushed by youtube and retarded creators, i wouldn't be surprised if my comment gets deleted within 5 minutes of me posting it.

  14. Great Documentary……….I wonder, Why US Imports even MORE poor from South America when we can't take care of our own???

  15. What about the poor little girls in the middle east getting their heads chopped off for wanting to go to school? Fuck you cry babies.

  16. rational comment here.
    Now, I get what this video is trying to say (I think) about the situation, but there is no clear solution to the situation. Economically the money bail system is barely funded by the poor people using it so I think it should be removed altogether, not reformed. Its even stated in this video that the bail bonds system is "struggling to pay for itself". Why do you think that is? so I'm wondering, is this video asking the government to fix this? Really? they're the ones making the laws that are putting black people in prison. Should we vote democrat since they care so much about black people? Probably not, they really don't care about anyone.
    Also I want to address the comments claiming that this video implies that people arrested are innocent. They admit that the people in this situation did commit the crimes. My issue is that this video focuses on us being the victims of this system and then proceeds to encourage us to use the same system(prison system, political system, cogs of the same machine) that is hurting us to fix this situation. Where is the logic in that?

  17. Complaining ass bchs, breaking the law is a CHOICE. This country you have to choose to be desperate. HUD, EBT, Medicaid, welfare, free bus passes, ninety niners, being poor doesn't make you a victim, many of us are poor and DONT choose crime. Voting will not fix what is broke with you people.

  18. Why does this video have so many dislikes? I felt it was bipartisan and fair. This is such an important topic; we need to bring it to the front of the conversation.

  19. I was wondering why this has so many dislikes as it's a wonderful eye opening conversation. Looking through the comments, I see the white people got to it & now it makes sense.

  20. BEWARE
    Triggered members of the Raw Unseasoned Meat Brigade lurks below! lmao

    Seriously, keep making informative videos like this because we NEED these facts in order to move forward.

  21. I really come to hate the deflectors. They know full well there a huge difference in how we are being prosecuted and tried in the system. Take your cynical asses to a WPower page!

  22. I am "color blind", those who do the crime do the time. Doesn't matter what race you are, break the law and pay the consequences. I've lost the chance at good jobs due to racial discrimination even though I was better qualified and had much more experience. I am half white, half native American, and discriminated against. And, no, it doesn't feel like I had a good chance at getting a good job to support a wife, three sons, and a step daughter. I do not care to be racially profiled either on the street, or at my place of employment. But my Dad once told me that life is never fair, and I found that he was so right. Rioting and protesting just brings you into a bad light in the eyes of the public, the news, and the completely white people. Until we are ALL one color, the persecution Will continue, the profiling will not stop, and the jails will be full of people who look "different". I may not be black, but the red tinge of my skin assures me that I will be discriminated against until my death, or everyone is the same color. America is not Nazi Germany, but there are times that you would think so.

  23. You know what’s the real problem in our communities? High crime rates and fatherless homes. The black community isn’t gonna improve until we take responsibility and fix those problems ourselves.

  24. Literally more expensive to be poor than it is to have a stable income or escape the hands of poverty. Beautiful Jouelz, absolutely beautiful.

  25. What a pile of propaganda, blacks sold blacks first if you avoid illegal behavior you won't get caught up with the law and if the oppressive living conditions in america are so horrible return to africa where you will be just another black,no affirmative action or welfare over there….Byee.

  26. This is emotional, leftist drivel with damn near no valid argument or facts.

    Oppression? Nah, more like committing crime, single mothers, lots of babies, no personal growth or education. Yes, there's stupid laws, but if you stay out of trouble and get involved in your country and community, you won't have to deal with this crap.

  27. Another video made by low IQ individuals. Don’t want to pay bail? Don’t commit crimes. Is that really hard to figure out? Actually you do not have to pay bail. You can choose to stay in jail. I’m so sick of hearing these people cry about this nonsense. Finish school, don’t have kids out of wedlock and don’t spend money that you don’t have. It’s all racism! Don’t you know that!

  28. White girl here from the swamplands of Alabama who usually only views your you tube posts without comment. I have seen this growing up in the South. White frat boys getting off for the same offenses young black men are sent to prison for a lifetime. This travesty should enrage all of America no matter their political affiliation. The prison system is broken! Follow the money right down to the local Sheriffs who are allowed to pocket the money left over after they feed the prisoners. In speaking about this I find people are so unaware that black men have been incarcerated for this long for minor drug charges under the three strikes you are out law which may include the sale of marijuana or minor burglary charges. It will not stop until the prison system is a nonprofit entity! Let’s start teaching history to our kids from the present and work back to where slavery started and stolen humans were chained, starved, and tossed off ships still chained to drown when rations ran low. Let’s teach our Sunday School kids how slavery grieved the Holy Spirit and how after the Great Awakening in the 1730s there was not another outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the white church until The Azusa Street Revival in 1906 while the Holy Spirit never left the black churches, but I digress (ha! you say that often). Anyway, stop for profit prisons, open the prison doors and let those incarcerated for these crimes out. While there is no way to fully compensate them for what was done to them, we can certainly try. The media should be on this every day. There should be no issue in our land more important than this issue except shooting a person who is running away from you, or has their hands up, who stole a car…

  29. Very proud of the work you’re doing!
    Who thumbs down a video about poor black people be taken advantage of by the government?

  30. mass incarceration happened 30 years ago, that is not blacks problem today, neither is poverty. buy what we want, beg other races and use their resources for what we need to change our condition. Dont believe me how did we come up with 150 mill.
    IN ONE WEEKEND! for black panther, a movie, but cant do it on a consistent basis.

  31. The what about white people comments are sending me 😂😂😂 Because y’all face so much racism and systemic oppression right?

  32. This was EXTREMELY well done Jouelzy! When I subscribed to your channel (after watching your video about why our American cousins aren't coming over for visits) it was for your beautiful energy and how your education and research comes through, while still super captivating. Since I've subscribed I can't stop watching your videos and don't think I will till I get to the very first one you posted😍. Your channel was one I never knew I needed. I have learnt SO MUCH more about your country and culture in these few weeks than I have my entire life from movies and TV programs. Thank you for this channel💕.

  33. Thank you for incorporating so many voices, so many images, and such a great message into such a great video. Thank you.

    We Will defeat the cash bail industry.

  34. I disagree to an extent. I personally think this narrative around being poor and committing crime is misleading. I think that they're are other factors that play into it as well. Rich ppl commit crimes too, it's just different types of crime (just look at Donald Trump) I think the core problem in the black community leading to incarceration problem is the dysfunction that we tend to ignore and hold no one accountable for.(lack of caring about education, lack of financial literacy, destructive role models via media, lack of love for community etc).

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