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The Call for the NAACP to Support Bail Reform in America

WHEREAS, Africans American and Latinos are disproportionately impacted by having to post bail; and   

WHEREAS, 50 Percent of pre trail detainees are African American or Latino in the United States, with an annual income of less than $20,000 prior to incarceration; and   

WHEREAS, all people who have not been convicted of a crime, should still be afforded a presumption of innocence, and are still jailed because they cannot afford bail; and  

WHERAS, the presumption of guilt and dangerousness assigned to African Americans has made minority communities particularly vulnerable to the unfair administration of criminal justice; and  

WHEREAS, many people are currently in jail for lack of financial resources, and not because they are a flight risk or danger to the public.    

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP reaffirms its 2017 resolution opposing money bail.  

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP will support efforts to implement risk assessment systems to replace money bail.