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Action-A-Day 2/15/2018 Get corrupt bail industry out of Maryland politics


Every day, thousands of people who haven't been convicted of a crime are separated from their families as they languish in jails simply because they can't afford to pay bail. The commercial bail industry will go to any length to undermine reform. In fact, now they being implicated in an FBI bribery investigation.

The news about bail-bonds industry lobbyists offering illegal bribes to Maryland state senato r Nathaniel Oaks and at least one other target in the state legislature underlines the corrupting influence that the industry’s money has had on the legislative process.

These illegal bribes are in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the industry has spent in Maryland on campaign contributions, as detailed last year in a report by Common Cause Maryland. All of this money - reported and under the table - is intended to reverse the progress Maryland can make under a new Judicial Rule intended to have more people released without subjecting them to the debt-trap set up by the bail industry.

Maryland is one of the top states for campaign donations by the bail industry, coming in behind only California and Florida. In order to get this corrupt industry out of our lives and communities, we must disrupt the dangerous relationship between the bail industry and elected officials.

TAKE ACTION
Sign the petition from Progressive Maryland:
Get the Corrupt Bail Industry Out Of Maryland Politics

BACKGROUND
After revelations in Oaks case, advocates urge lawmakers to avoid bail-bond industry lobbyists

CREDIT
CTA adapted from Progressive Maryland and Color of Change.