A THREE-PART SERIES ABOUT THE DEEPLY FLAWED BAIL BONDS SYSTEM
NPR’s Laura Sullivan takes an unblinking look at the bail bonding industry in this original piece of expository journalism. There is a stunning reveal of a system where non-violent offenders are held because they are poor or lacking resources. More public money will be spent on jails as non-violent offenders grow. Sullivan’s writing crackles with insight and storytelling based on hard facts. She spent months following a prisoner who cannot make $400 bail, and interviewed law enforcement officials. The series also brings to light the other side of the industry – lobbyists for bail bondsmen and their clout. The series helped spark a larger debate about early release programs and those who profit from the current system.
Laura Sullivan, correspondent; Steven Drummond, senior national editor
Listen to Bonding for Profit: npr.org/series/122954677/behind-the-bail-bond-system.
View a video journal from Laura Sullivan and Steve Drummond: vimeo.com/dupontawards/2011-sullivandrummond.