On Sunday, HBO host John Oliver asked the question: Should a non-violent offender be sent to Rikers Island?
Apparently so, if he or she cannot afford to pay bail, a part of the U.S. justice system that got the Oliver treatment on this week’s episode of “Last Week Tonight.”
He started with the fact that the rising costs of bail has disproportionately affected the poor: a 2013 analysis of New Jersey’s prison population showed that nearly 40 percent of the inmates were there because of failure to put up bail money.
“So, what happens if you can’t make bail?” Oliver.
“Much like a game of ‘Fuck, Marry, Kill’ with Crosby, Stills and Nash, there are a few terrible scenarios,” he said.
Watch the clip, courtesy below: