[Rushtalk] Senators Harris and Paul Introduce Bill to Encourage States to Reform or Replace Unjust, Costly Money Bail System

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Fri Jul 21 16:00:23 MDT 2017


Speed trials would be a good start.   Playing catch and release because same year trials have gone out of fashion is not my answer.   Tom
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Carl Spitzer <cwsiv at juno.com> wrote:

>-------- Forwarded Message --------
>From: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris <donotreply_harris at harris.senate.gov>
>Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:54:07 -0400
>
>                              A message from Senator Kamala D. Harris
>                                                               
>                                                               
>                                                               
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                    Senators Harris and Paul
>                                          Introduce Bill to
>                                        Encourage States to
>                                          Reform or Replace
>                                       Unjust, Costly Money
>                                              Bail System 
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                                Friend, 
>                                                      
>                                       Today, U.S. Senator
>                                    Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)
>                                      and Senator Rand Paul
>                                       (R-KY) introduced a
>                                     bipartisan bail reform
>                                       bill - The Pretrial
>                                    Integrity and Safety Act
>                                     of 2017 - to encourage
>                                       states to reform or
>                                    replace the practice of
>                                          money bail, the
>                                    requirement that people
>                                        awaiting trial are
>                                    locked up in jail unless
>                                    they are able to pay for
>                                      their release. Across
>                                     the country, state and
>                                         local governments
>                                          continue to have
>                                     ineffective money bail
>                                    systems that negatively
>                                     impact poor people and
>                                          people of color.
>                                                      
>                                    “Our justice system was
>                                    designed with a promise:
>                                       to treat all people
>                                     equally,” said Senator
>                                     Harris. “Yet more than
>                                    450,000 Americans sit in
>                                       jail today awaiting
>                                     trial and many of them
>                                       cannot afford “money
>                                     bail.” In our country,
>                                    whether you stay in jail
>                                          or not is wholly
>                                      determined by whether
>                                    you’re wealthy or not -
>                                       and that’s wrong. We
>                                      must come together to
>                                       reform a bail system
>                                    that is discriminatory,
>                                     wasteful, and fails to
>                                       keep our communities
>                                                 safe.”
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                    Recently, Senator Harris
>                                        toured the Central
>                                        California Women’s
>                                    facility in Chowchilla,
>                                      CA and was briefed on
>                                      the unique conditions
>                                             and needs of
>                                       incarcerated women.
>                                                      
>                                       “Americans should be
>                                    able to expect fair and
>                                      equal treatment under
>                                      the law regardless of
>                                       how much money is in
>                                       their pockets or how
>                                      many connections they
>                                       have,” said Senator
>                                    Paul. “By giving states
>                                        greater freedom to
>                                         undertake reforms
>                                    specific to their needs,
>                                       our legislation will
>                                          help strengthen
>                                    protections for minority
>                                           and low-income
>                                        defendants, reduce
>                                    waste, and move our bail
>                                        system toward more
>                                    effective methods, such
>                                        as individualized,
>                                    risk-based assessments.”
>                                                      
>                                       Excessive money bail
>                                        disproportionately
>                                     affects communities of
>                                     color, as studies have
>                                        shown that African
>                                      Americans and Latinos
>                                     are more likely to sit
>                                      in jail pretrial than
>                                       white defendants and
>                                     less likely to be able
>                                      to post money bail so
>                                    they can be released. It
>                                       also has an adverse
>                                    effect on public safety.
>                                                      
>                                     The Pretrial Integrity
>                                    and Safety Act of 2017:
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                          * Authorizes a $10
>                                              million grant
>                                                   over a
>                                                three-year
>                                                 period to
>                                            incentivize and
>                                            encourage states
>                                               to reform or
>                                               replace the
>                                               practice of
>                                               money bail.
>                                              * Sets forth
>                                              principles to
>                                             obtain grants,
>                                               including: 
>                    * Replacing money bail system with individualized,
>       pretrial assessments with risk-based decision-making. The risk
>    assessments must be regularly validated on a local population, and
>  include objective, research-based, validated assessment tools that do
>not result in unwarranted disparities on the basis of any classification
>protected under Federal nondiscrimination laws or the nondiscrimination
>                                laws of the applicable State.
>                   * Providing for a presumption of release unless the
>  judicial officer determines that such release would not result in the
>appearance of the person at trial or would endanger the safety of others
>                                         in the community.
>                                                      * If
>                                                    pretrial
>                                                    release
>                                                    requires
>                                                    imposing
>                conditions, it should be based on the least restrictive,
>       non-financial conditions that a judicial officer determines is
>                                              necessary.
>                   * Supervision of bail conditions should be based on
>                                   evidence-based practices.
>              * Appointment of counsel at the earliest possible stage of
>                                       pretrial detention.
>              * Instituting a system of data collection and reporting to
>                      show effectiveness of system improvements.
>                                          * The bill further
>                                              authorizes an
>                                              additional $5
>                                               million over
>                                             three years to
>                                              the Bureau of
>                                                  Justice
>                                              Statistics to
>                                               implement a
>                                                  National
>                                                  Pretrial
>                                                 Reporting
>                                             Program, which
>                                               provides for
>                                            data collection
>                                                   on the
>                                              processing of
>                                              defendants in
>                                                 state and
>                                                 municipal
>                                                  courts.
>                                             * Requires an
>                                            annual report to
>                                             the Department
>                                            of Justice that
>                                               provides for
>                                            transparency and
>                                             accountability
>                                            for these grant
>                                                 programs.
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                      You can view the full
>                                     text of the bill here.
>                                                      
>                                     The Pretrial Integrity
>                                         and Safety Act is
>                                       supported by a broad
>                                       coalition of over 40
>                                    leading criminal justice
>                                    organizations, including
>                                          Pretrial Justice
>                                      Institute, Center for
>                                        American Progress,
>                                    Leadership Conference on
>                                    Civil and Human Rights,
>                                    NAACP Legal Defense and
>                                    Educational Fund, NAACP,
>                                    American Civil Liberties
>                                          Union, National
>                                    Association of Criminal
>                                          Defense Lawyers,
>                                           Association of
>                                     Prosecuting Attorneys,
>                                          and many others.
>                                                      
>                                        For a full list of
>                                       endorsements, click
>                                                here.  
>                                                      
>                                    To learn more about the
>                                      Senator's bill, check
>                                    out this joint Op-Ed by
>                                        Senator Harris and
>                                    Senator Paul featured in
>                                    today's New York Times. 
>                                                      
>                                    Help spread the word via
>                                          social media by
>                                              retweeting
>                                       @SenKamalaHarris and
>                                    tagging @SenKamalaHarris
>                                    in your tweets and share
>                                              posts from
>                                    @SenatorKamalaHarris on
>                                          Facebook and tag
>                                    @SenatorKamalaHarris in
>                                    Facebook posts. Also, be
>                                    sure to use #BailReform.
>                                                      
>                                    Below are sample tweets
>                                       you can use to help
>                                         spread the word. 
>                                                      
>                                           SAMPLE TWEETS:
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                          * In our country,
>                                            you may stay in
>                                            jail even if you
>                                            didn't commit a
>                                               crime - just
>                                               because you
>                                            can't make bail.
>                                             We need to fix
>                                                    that.
>                                               #BailReform
>                                          * Criminal justice
>                                             reform isn’t a
>                                            bipartisan issue
>                                                  - it’s a
>                                               nonpartisan
>                                                   issue.
>                                            @SenKamalaHarris
>                                              and @RandPaul
>                                              have plan for
>                                               #BailReform.
>https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/opinion/kamala-harris-and-rand-paul-lets-reform-bail.html 
>                                           * Not being able
>                                            to make bail for
>                                               a crime you
>                                              didn't commit
>                                            could cost you:
>                                                        
>                                                  your job
>                                                 your home
>                                                 your kids
>                                                        
>                                              It’s time for
>                                               #BailReform.
>                                                      
>                                                      
>                                                Thanks,
>                                                  Julie
>                                                      
>                                    Julie Chávez Rodríguez 
>                                          State Director 
>                                     U.S. Senator Kamala D.
>                                                 Harris
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