People should not be going to jail because they cannot afford to make bail. That’s not the sort of country we are. It should not be criminal to be poor in this country. We can do better by improving the process leading up to a trial date—we should reduce our reliance on bail, and focus on clearer communication and services pre-trial.
Problems to be Solved
- Our cash bail system is costly and subjective, and results in false plea agreements and economic insecurity.
As President, I will…
- Work with states to decrease their reliance on cash bail, providing assistance and grants for various programs to increase trial attendance without the need to incarcerate people ahead of conviction.
- Implement a federal program of pre-trial services that would be made available to states, such as a text message system to remind individuals of their upcoming court dates.