The system of bail in this country favors defendants with means over those without. Individuals who are able to post bail, even if they are high-risk, are likely to be set free pending trial. On the other hand, low-risk defendants who are unable to pay for bail are often held in jail for lengthy periods, at great cost to the taxpayer, as well as at great human cost. The Pretrial Safety and Integrity Act is a bipartisan bill which aims to right some of the wrongs associated with our discriminatory and expensive bail system.
The bill’s co-sponsors are Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rand Paul (R-KY).
Call the Senate Judiciary Committee at (202) 224-5225 to say that you support S.1593 the Pretrial Safety and Integrity Act of 2017. If you leave a voicemail, please leave your full name and address so that your call is counted.
If either of the bill’s co-sponsors is your own senator, contact them to thank them for proposing this legislation.