Francis Scott Key is the author of the famous words “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” He wrote those words in 1814 and, ever since 1931, they have been sung as the national anthem of the United States.
Unfortunately, “the land of the free and the home of the brave” likes to keep people presumed innocent in jail before being found guilty of any crime. Sadly, it is true that most people in jail are legally innocent. There are 445,000 people in jail, or 80% of the people, who have not been convicted of any crime.
In fact, the reason why taxpayers have had to pay for the building of more jails is that over the last 25 years, more innocent people have been held in jail.
The real crime is that the thickness of someone’s wallet can buy justice in America: people remain on jail awaiting trial because they are not wealthy enough to get out of jail on bail.