No Money Bail Act

No Money Bail Act

This Bill has:
0% Democratic Support in the Senate
14% Democratic Support in the House

   


















     

    This bill was introduced by Ted Lieu in the house and has not been introduced at all in the senate.
    This bill discourages the use of payment of money as a condition of pretrial release in criminal cases, and for other purposes by disqualifying states that still use money as bail from funds from the Byrne JAG program.
    Like the Police Training & Independent Review Act this act threatens funding to the states if they dont comply with the bill so the effects of this bill wont be universal if passed. However if passed this bill tremendously help in developing pretrial detention systems that improve public safety, reduce costs, and discourage criminal behavior. This bill lists some of the disgusting reasons why this bill is so urgently needed. 
(1) Nearly 60 percent of the inmates in jails in the United States are pretrial detainees who have not been convicted of a crime, an estimated 75 percent of whom have been charged with nonviolent crimes.
(2) Under current bail systems that use payment of money as a condition of pretrial release, nearly 50 percent of the most dangerous pretrial detainees are released without supervision, according to a study by the Arnold Foundation.
(3) Throughout the Nation, those with money can buy their freedom while poor defendants remain incarcerated awaiting trial.
(4) Pretrial detention costs State and local governments an estimated $14,000,000,000 each year.
(5) Pretrial detention should be based on whether the accused is likely to fail to appear in court or is a threat to public safety, not the ability to pay money as a condition of pretrial release.
    
    
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Ted Lieu on the No Money Bail Act