Also: recognize this is what the cash bail system does to poor people all the time: it holds families hostage. If someone is not dangerous, and flight is not a serious risk, they should not be kept in jail. People plead guilty on a regular basis in order to avoid losing their jobs, homes, and kids.
“Zero tolerance” is a myth. We all want due process. That’s why we have courts in the first place: because circumstances matter.
Stephanos Bibos. “The Truth About Mass Incarceration” from National Review. This article claims that racialized outcomes are not because of systemic racism, and makes the argument for prison labor / slavery.