The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Prince George’s County:
Jailing the Poor

Aug 1, 2022

The Prince George’s County, Maryland, jail outside Washington, D.C. regularly holds hundreds of people who were arrested and whose trials have not yet happened. They wait for their trials for weeks or months. These detained people were not convicted of a crime. They have even been cleared to be released by a judge who decided they are not a threat to the community or a flight risk. But they are not offered bail, so they have to wait behind bars.

According to a federal class action suit filed in July on behalf of nine inmates, a jail official estimates that one-third of the jail’s nearly 1,000 inmates are in this horrible situation.