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Bill Introduced in United States Senate to Reform Bail System

Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, and Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, co-sponsored the "Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017," which was introduced into Congress on July 20, 2017. 

Leading Defense Orgs Support Pretrial Risk Assessments

The American Council of Chief Defenders, Gideon's Promise, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association for Public Defense, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association released a joint statement today that "strongly endorses and calls for the use of validated pretrial risk assessment in all jurisdictions, as a necessary component of a fair pretrial release system that reduces unnecessary detention and eliminates racial bias."

Fight Against Money Bail Has Unlikely Allies

The Harris County Sheriff and a local judge both testified on behalf of the criminal defendants bringing a class-action suit against Harris County, Texas for its use of money bail.  

"'When most of the people in my jail are there because they can’t afford to bond out, and when those people are disproportionately black and Hispanic, that’s not a rational system,' said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, who was elected after the case was filed."

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