Hey, America - we would like to introduce Richard “Trey” Palmedo, a 25-year-old Nashville Democratic Party official, who is running to challenge Tennessee State Representative Bill Beck, also a Democrat, for his seat.
And we agree with Trey Palmedo that the cash bail system needs to end in the USA.
The cash bail system (bail bonds) has continuously plagued low to middle income communities and has only ever been an asset for high income people and bail bondsmen. Last year, despite the fact that Nashville residents spent over $50,000 a day to jail citizens who were not yet found guilty because they did not have the money to post bail, bail bondsmen reported profits of over 12 million dollars in Nashville alone. You read that right. Over $50,000 a day was spent to jail citizens who were not yet found guilty because they did not have the money to post bail. The bail bonds system needs to end.
Palmedo, an Alabama native who moved to Nashville a couple of years ago after graduating from Auburn University, is currently an officer of the Davidson County Young Democrats and is on the executive committee for the Davidson County Democratic Party.
“We often possess an inherent conception that politicians must fit the perfect mold — they must be X years old, must be in this career, must be financially successful, must be established and tenured,” he told the Nashville Post. “We end up electing persons who fit that description, but they often can’t resonate with everyday people. … I may be ‘new’ to Nashville, having only lived here for a few years, but Nashville is my home. I love my home and I want to do what I can to serve my community.”
You might also want to watch this documentary by our partner Brave New Films which presents the absurdity of the bail bonds system in America.