In Welcome Move, Google Will Ban Bail Bond Ads
WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the announcement by Google that it will ban ads for bail bonds from its platforms:
“The money bail system is one of the most corrupt parts of our criminal justice system, so we applaud Google for taking this unprecedented move to ban ads for bail bonds from its platforms. Bail bond advertisers drive their own profits by preying on vulnerable people at a time when they are in crisis. No one should be incarcerated—before they’ve even been tried or convicted of a crime—simply because they can’t afford not to be. With this ban, Google is doing its part to protect people from unscrupulous advertisers who are taking advantage of the fact that most people will do whatever they can to avoid having to spend time, or having their family member spend time, in jail. We want to lift up the work of organizations like Color of Change and Essie Justice Group who are working at the state level to end cash bail and who have worked with us to encourage Google to take this important step.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.