Thread: Last night, an unprecedented coalition of religious leaders across faiths filed a brief in our case that will determine the constitutionality of the money bail systems in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Their words are powerful:
They wrote: "As leaders in faith, our call is for equality of the wealthy and poor before the law, for an end to the primacy of wealth over justice, and for relief from the physical, spiritual, and moral harms that inexorably flow from the current bail system." (2)
They wrote that caging human beings because they cannot pay enough cash "tears at the moral fiber of our common creed." (3)
The religious leaders across faiths explained that the money bail system causes "spiritual decay." (4)
A legal bureaucracy that separates families and puts human beings in cages based on how much money they have is profoundly corrupt. We must dismantle it and build something beautiful in its place with every ounce of energy in our bodies. (end)

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7 Apr
Thread: It's not widely known outside legal circles, but in the 1980s Justice Breyer was a main architect of the Sentencing Guidelines, one of the great scandals of mass human caging. But even in legal circles, most people don't understand what a fraud Breyer perpetrated. (1)
There were two main (and many more) frauds perpetrated by elite bureaucrats who designed the Sentencing Guidelines. Hundreds of thousands of poor people and people of color were consigned to millions of extra years in cages as a result of choices Breyer and his group made. (2)
First, the Guidelines purported to be scientific. Elites said they were needed to combat variation among judges. So Breyer and friends did a "past practice study." But after standardizing sentences based on past results as promised, Breyer simply increased them all! (3)
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4 Apr
Thread: It's been a week since the Supreme Court of California struck down California's money bail practices in the case of our client Kenneth Humphrey. A few important thoughts--please share if you care about bail: (1)
A basic point of the case is that it's illegal to put a person in a cage just because they can't pay. This is not a new principle. We should be very worried that thousands of judges, prosecutors, and jailers in CA have been doing this to millions of people for years. (2)
The capacity of legal bureaucrats to ignore basic laws and moral principles so that they can cage poor people is a huge threat to human well-being. They are capable of reproducing all the harms that this case seeks to remedy, but using new labels. (3)
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3 Apr
Thread: The U.S. has 570,000 people who are homeless each night, but 17 million vacant homes. How does this connect to police budgets? (1)
A huge portion of what police do is arrest people who are homeless. In Portland, for example, the *majority* of police arrests are for human beings who are homeless, and a *vast majority* of those are for things police call "nonviolent." (2)…
It is a choice by elite bureaucrats who control the police to arrest, cage, control, and brutalize people without houses instead of helping them get permanent safe shelter. Why? (3)
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2 Apr
THREAD: As more states legalize marijuana, it's important to note: there has not been a corresponding decline in local police budgets. Why? (1)
For years, police in the U.S. have chosen to make more arrests for marijuana than for all of what cops call "violent crime" combined. You might think that legalizing marijuana, then, would lead to reductions in resources for cops b/c one of their primary tasks is now gone. (2)
But one overriding feature of bureaucracies--especially a bureaucracy that serves elite interests of surveillance, profit, and control--is that they always try to get bigger. (3)
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1 Apr
This thread is a short story about how, behind the barrel of every police officer's gun, there is a lawyer somewhere making it all possible, rationalizing police violence, and calling it "justice." (1)
In Seattle, police place bicycles in poor neighborhoods as "bait," hoping to "catch" human beings who might try to use the bicycle. Police love "fishing" metaphors. (2)
One day in 2018, 41-year-old Jolene Paris was near a Goodwill store that was a gathering spot for houseless and near-houseless people. She saw a silver bicycle in the dirt near some shrubs. She wheeled it around the Goodwill parking lot, asking if it belonged to anyone. (3)
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31 Mar
THREAD: With people focused on Derek Chauvin, it is vital to say something: he was released before trial on $1 million bail in a murder case. For 500,000 poor people in cages right now, our bail system looks like this video:
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