On any given day, 450,000 people sit in jail awaiting trial. They have not been sentenced to jail. Many are there simply because they cannot afford bail.
Even though people are innocent in the eyes of the law, they’re punished and deprived of their freedom with disastrous consequences for their lives and their families– unless they are wealthy enough to buy their freedom. This is discriminatory and wrong.
The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act is a strong step toward countering the injustices of the money bail system and building safer communities and stronger families.
This bill represents major progress toward fixing the systemic problems that have led to mass incarceration and an important advancement toward greater equality in our criminal justice system.
The American justice system should treat all people equally, regardless of race, religion, or wealth. Yet our country’s money bail system means that hundreds of thousands of people who have not been convicted of a crime sit in jail every day; many because they can’t afford bail.
Tell your Members of Congress to join with Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and cosponsor the “Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act” today.