Democrats Want “No Bail” “Less Jail” System

WASINGTON TIMES — As a criminal justice reform package to limit mandatory minimum sentences and thereby reduce prison populations has stalled in Congress, a group of Democratic lawmakers has put forth another proposal that they say would reduce incarceration rates: abolish the bail system.

Introduced Wednesday by Rep. Ted Lieu, the proposal would do away with using the payment of money as a condition of pretrial release in any federal criminal case and would discourage use of money bonds in state courts.

“Throughout the nation, those with money can buy their freedom while poor defendants stay behind bars awaiting trial,” the California Democrat said. “Further horrifying, many people decide to plead guilty purely to get out of jail because they cannot afford bail.”

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