John Oliver Explains Why the US Bail System Is Only Good for Reality TV

During last night’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a closer look at the US bail system, which forces tons of poor people to sit in jail after pleading guilty to crimes they often didn’t commit because they don’t have the money to pay for their freedom. Since the bail system has inspired hit reality shows like Dog the Bounty Hunter, Last Week Tonight decided to make a brand new reality show called Pretrial Services to show how much cheaper and more effective — and admittedly, not as reality TV-friendly — it can be to invest in pretrial services for those awaiting a court date instead of the classist system we have now.

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