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Bail system disproportionately affects people of color: report




Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles where hotel heiress Paris Hilton is currently being held in custody for medical treatment, 08 June 2007 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer ordered Hilton returned to a Los Angeles County jail to serve out the remainder of her 45-day sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.  AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles where hotel heiress Paris Hilton is currently being held in custody for medical treatment, 08 June 2007 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer ordered Hilton returned to a Los Angeles County jail to serve out the remainder of her 45-day sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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When you're arrested, you can be bailed from jail ... As long as you've got the cash.

But some state lawmakers are pushing to get rid of bail. They say it mostly benefits the rich who can afford to get out.

And KQED's Marisa Lagos reports that it disproportionately hurts people of color, too.

Listen to the full interview using the audio player above.