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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."