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00:10  13 june  2019
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The Louisville march will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from the PC(USA) offices to the center of the city’s government and legal district, beginning at 1 Several local faith and government leaders will also participate in the march and rally. Donations are being accepted to help provide the cash for bail .

Senate bill would forbid payment of money for pre-trial release, with GPS monitors and pre-trial supervision seen as alternatives.

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Chris Doerflinger arrived at the Presbyterian Center Wednesday afternoon wearing a large two-sided mask.

Doerflinger, 68, said the face on the front of her mask, a person with a straight face, represented the sentiment toward the current unjust cash bail system, whereas the smiling face on the back of her mask represents the "happiness people can feel in their lives" when the issue is addressed.

Doerflinger was one of more than 100 people to show up at a rally to end cash bail, an event organized by Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Louisville Bail Project. The march started at the Presbyterian Center and proceeded into a rally at Jefferson Square Park in front of City Hall.

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Cash bail has been a prevalent topic in Kentucky this week. A study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy released on Tuesday found bail practices to be “wildly inconsistent” by county in the commonwealth. For example, the share of defendants released before trial last year without having to post cash bail ranged from a low of 5% in McCracken County to a high of 68% in Martin County.

Additionally, the study found that defendants' abilities to pay bail also varied greatly by county. When judges required cash bail, only 17% of defendants in Wolfe County could afford to pay it versus 99% in Hopkins County.

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Andrej Ajanovic, a 29-year-old attorney for Presbyterian Church U.S.A., came to march because cash bail "disproportionately affects people that can't afford it" — a common complaint against the practice.

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A June 12 march in Louisville looks to address this issue. People are being locked up for nonviolent crimes, unable to make bail . According to the Justice Policy Institute, 60% of The organization’s goal is to have real bail reform that impacts everyone, to decrease pretrial incarceration and to address the

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"It's not really even a question," he said. "No study has shown otherwise."

Protesters had police escorts as they marched through the city. Chants from the crowd included "no justice, no peace" and "end cash bail."

Once the marchers arrived at Jefferson Square Park, a rally took place as individuals took to the podium. Speakers included the Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, D-4th District, J. Phillip Thompson, deputy mayor of New York City, and Shameka Parrish-Wright, site manager for the Louisville Bail Project, among others.

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Nelson said that the push to end cash bail will be an interfaith effort.

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Our state's money bail system is broken and corrupt. No one's freedom should depend on their bank account balance. We urgently need a new system that restores fairness and justice to the process. Add your name and join the fight to end cash bail in North Carolina. Already an ACLU Action supporter?

But legislative bail reform is difficult, especially given the lobbying power of the bail bond industry that profits from the status quo. Trailblazing prosecutors – along with judges and new approaches in criminal justice like supervised release and bail fund programs – teach us another lesson: cash bail

"We are not simply going to do this under a banner of Christianity," he said. "We are doing this under a banner of urgency, which means all are on deck."

Parrish-Wright encouraged individuals to take action to end the systematic punishment of poorer individuals.

"Poverty is violence," she said, "and it always has been. It is not going to change until we focus on what is causing people to be stuck in that jail."

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