To advance bail reform, we first need honesty: there are two fundamental deceptions at the heart of our laws

Most importantly, defenders say, it is fundamentally wrong to keep people in pretrial detention, who, after all, are innocent until proven guilty, because they cannot pay the amount of bail that a judge set in reading of charges. Those with means, the argument goes, can pay their bail, go home and fight the charges without spending time on Rikers Island.

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