Bail reform public forum

The League of Women Voters St. Paul will hold the first in a series of upcoming educational events designed to inform the local voting public on issues relevant to the city and its residents.  The first program, “Bail Me Out: Bail Reform in Minnesota:  What is it? What is its impact?” will take place Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St.  The discussion will explore the structure of bail and excessive bail in Ramsey County; and how the bail system works and what impact it has on the community, especially for vulnerable communities.  The event is free and open to the public, and there will be light refreshments and a Q&A.

Featured speakers include Judge Nicole Starr of the 2nd Judicial District, Ramsey County, and Tonja Honsey, executive director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund. The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a nonprofit organization that pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford it. The organization stands against cash bail as unjust and they “identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle for the criminal justice system to target populations for structural violence.”

Please see the League of Women Voters St. Paul event calendar for more program details and upcoming events at www.lwvsp.org/events.

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