It's no longer a locked and guarded secret that America's prison system is fucked.
Each year, countless people get locked behind bars in the "Land of the Free" for doing not much more than living their lives as they've been handed. Everything from parking violations to selling a little bit of weed pegs people into the system for days, years even. And many of them (upwards of 10 to 40 percent by some estimates) haven't even been convicted yet, stuck in no-man's land because they lack the funds to bail themselves out guilty or not.
However, if a few social visionaries get their way, that could very well be a thing of the past. A new app called Appolition, started by a "social engineer" and PhD recipient Kortney Ziegler, takes users' spare change and donates it to someone in need of bail.
Hey Twitter we are two black tech founders raising a seed round of half a million. A simple RT might introduce us to our next angel investor pic.twitter.com/18RZIo0Oyt
— King Kortney (@fakerapper) September 25, 2017
He got the idea after one of his tweets went viral, something that simply said: "An app that converts your daily change into bail money to free black people."
A few months later, Appolition was born.
It takes just 60 seconds to get yourself set up, too. Simply sign on, link a bank account and the app does the rest for you. What it does is round up each purchase and set the money aside. When it hits $2, it withdrawals the money and sends it to Appolition, who in turn donates it to National Bail Out — a fully accredited organization that helps post bail for people in need.
As the International Centre for Prison Studies lays it out, the way the U.S. justice system operates isn't even part of a growing worldly trend. At all. In the states, authorities lock up or have locked up a revolving door of over 2 million people per year. By a stomach-churning long shot, America incarcerates the most people of any other country on the planet. While the country's population only makes up a little over 5 percent of the people existing on the planet, it harbors 25 percent of the world's inmates. And black people, statistically, suffer the most in the complex's lust for prisoner profit.
For every 15 black men in America, one of them is currently incarcerated.
It's just change to you, but for someone else, it might be the change they so desperately need for a fair shot at life.