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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.
Chief Judge Timothy Evans of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois issued an order reforming bail and pretrial procedures in the county on July 17, 2017.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed An Act Concerning Pretrial Justice Reform into law on June 27, 2017, and it took effect on July 1, 2017.
United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas denied the efforts of Harris County, Texas officials to prevent the release of indigent misdemeanor defendants.
A recent report by the Prison Policy Initiative states that, compared with individuals not detained before trial, pretrial detainees are more likely to plead guilty, be convicted, or be sentenced to jail.
A recent analysis by The City of New York Independent Budget Office uncovered that New York City spends about $116 million per year on holding people in jail who are unable to pay bail before their trial.