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Derrick Cain is the Manager of Client Services of Brooklyn Bail Fund, an organization that pays bail for individuals who can’t afford it, so that they can fight their cases from a place of freedom, retaining the presumption of innocence. Every year in New York City alone, 45,000 are jailed simply because they can’t post bail. The organization also works with allies here in New York and across the country in the fight to end cash bail. This approach is a radical intervention in a system that treats people differently based on wealth, skin color and influence. It’s one way to challenge the criminalization of race and poverty, the practice of putting a price on fundamental rights, and the persistent myth that bail is a necessary element of the justice system.