For-Profit Ankle Monitors: Helpful Service or Debt Trap for Desperate Immigrants?
Texas Observer
September 26, 2017

“That’s where bail bondsmen could help. Typically, bondsmen take a 10 percent down payment and cover the remainder. But many won’t work with immigrants, who have court dates years in the future and could flee the country. Some will take the risk in exchange for collateral, such as a house or car, but most new immigrants have few possessions. That leaves many locked up “literally because they’re poor,” said Mary Small, policy director with the Detention Watch Network.”

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