Here’s a good example of removing a structural barrier from the paths of low-income individuals by addressing an exploitative practice at the policy level. Recently Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to eliminate cash bail in California. The change aims to treat both rich and poor fairly by eliminating a practice (widespread throughout the country) that often relegates poor individuals to what is essentially a debtor’s prison, separating them from their families and their livelihoods although they represent no threat to society.


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