Criminalized for the Lack of Bail

“Money bail is ruining the lives of literally millions of poor people
and costing the country unnecessary billions of dollars
in incarceration costs every year.
Local jail populations grew by 19.8 percent just between 2000 and 2014,
with pretrial detention accounting for 95 percent of that growth. …
… The single feature shared by almost every defendant in pretrial detention is that they are poor.
Rich people make bail; poor people don’t.
Regardless of actual guilt or innocence,
poor people are criminalized for their inability to buy their way out of jail.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United
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Pleading GUILTY While Innocent

“The major shortages of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders,
coupled with the number of people being held in jail awaiting trial
has led to a crisis
in which it is not possible
for every defendant who wants a day in court to get one.
So, the courts need a way to keep the trials from taking place.
By imprisoning poor people who cannot put up money for bail,
the system uses the threat or reality of extended imprisonment
to extract guilty pleas, even from people who are innocent
or have other valid defenses.
Not able to get a timely trial, they have only one option – plead guilty.
It is a Hobson’s choice, more so even than many of the defendants realize,
because the guilty please have serious collateral consequences
they may not even be aware of and which stay with them for the rest of their lives.
But, pleading guilty is what they do by the thousands, every day, all over America.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

Having No Lack

“Prosperity can be defined as “having no lack”.
Not lacking in any area of your life.
This includes family, work, friends, etc. It’s never just about the money.
The moment we make prosperity only about money is the moment we start to lose.”
~ Jonathan Hinshaw
Co-Founder – EBWAY Creative & Founder – Revenue Love

If …, You’ll End Up Having More

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Gail Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Eyes Opened: Injustice & Need

“I try to live my life every day in the present,
and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.”
~ Susan Sarandon,
Actress & Activist

Launching Pads Are Made of the Lowest Points

“Your lowest points are launching pads to God’s greatest promotions.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

Your Love, Your Living

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“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love;
there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
Doing what you love is the cornerstone of
having abundance in your life.”
~ Wayne Dyer,
Philosopher, Author, & Motivational Speaker

Life is Like An Iceberg

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“Life is like an iceberg. Ninety percent is under the water, invisible to the naked eye.
The only way to understand the supernatural world is through the Bible.
I don’t know how I existed without knowing God, or living in His love 24/7,
or experiencing His peace no matter what the circumstances, or gaining His wisdom in all of life’s choices.
I can honestly say, “I now have no fear of lack, sickness, or even death.””
~ Sid Roth,
Founder – Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, Author, Talk Show Host & Telly Award (2010)

Our Mortal Hands

“The world is very different now; for man holds in his mortal hands
the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”
~John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)