Resource: Ross v. Blount


October 19, 2019


The ACLU has sued the Chief Judge, Magistrate judges and Sheriff of Michigan’s 36th District Court for jailing poor people in the City of Detroit simply because they cannot afford bail. In Wayne County, where this court presides, having a few hundred dollars can make the difference between freedom and incarceration. According to the way this court system’s bail policy works, one’s guilt or innocence is irrelevant to whether they are released pending their trial—their ability to afford bail is the sole determinant of their pretrial liberty. Our country’s laws prohibit wealth-based detention.