Resource: Tulsa County, OK: Bail

By: Civil Rights Corps

June 6, 2018

On June 6, 2018, Civil Rights Corps filed a lawsuit in Tulsa, Oklahoma, challenging Tulsa County’s unconstitutional wealth-based pretrial detention system. Tulsa County uses a secured money bail schedule to determine conditions of release for almost every person arrested in Tulsa County. The process is as straightforward as it is unjust: upon arrest, a person is given a money bail amount that corresponds to the charges she is booked on; if she can pay the amount, she is released. If she cannot pay the amount, she is jailed. There is no inquiry into or consideration of her ability to pay the money-bail amount. And if she cannot pay, she is jailed for at least a week, before she is able to see a judge.