The backlash caused by the United States’ recent caging of immigrant children in mass holding centers has ignited another fiercely debated topic. Some of those who support the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which initially separated families caught crossing the U.S. southern border illegally, have argued that when some regular Americans are arrested on American soil, they also are separated from their children.
They’re right. And, unfortunately, this often happens for low-level offenses like marijuana possession and unpaid civil citations. Nearly 21,000 American children were placed in foster care because of parent incarceration in 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
If someone can’t afford to pay her tickets, chances are she can’t afford bail either, and she will remain jailed before actually being convicted of anything –– unless someone shows up with enough bail money to buy her freedom.