John Oliver Rips U.S. Bail System and Violent Bounty Hunter Reality Shows (Video)

June 8, 2015 3:05 PM

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John Oliver Rips U.S. Bail System and Violent Bounty Hunter Reality Shows (Video)

Before John Oliver celebrated the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter by chugging a Bud Light Lime on Sunday's show, the Last Week Tonight host explored the realities of the U.S. bail system. He noted how a non-violent criminal can get stuck awaiting a trial in Rikers Island for driving with a suspended license — as opposed to Robert Durst, who said in The Jinx, "Goodbye $250,000, goodbye jail, I'm out!"

"This is a systemic problem," Oliver stressed of the frequency and rising cost of bail. "Increasingly, bail has become a way to lock up the poor, regardless of guilt. ... Jail is supposed to be for dangerous people!"

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