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Kandace Edwards, ACLU, bail, forgery, Alabama

The American Civil Liberties Union posted on Facebook that "a woman who's 7 and-a-half months pregnant is jailed til June 5 (at least), only because she's too poor to afford bail."

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The issue is the phrase "only because".  Edwards was not jailed because she could not afford bail.  Indeed, she would not have needed to pay bail had she not been jailed for forging a check.  Edwards was jailed for forgery, not for being unable to afford bail.

The ACLU and SPLC may make a solid case that the amount of bail was set too high.  There may be a case that the whole system is unfairly tilted against poor people, and that we should help our veterans more than we do.  All of that may be true and may be debated.  But the sequence of facts cannot be debated: Edwards was in jail for forgery, not for an inability to pay a bail that did not exist before she was arrested for forgery.

  Kandace Edwards has since been released.

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