Social Workers Could Get Behind Bail Reform
Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy
Jan 24, 2018

“Chicago Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7) is the latest to introduce legislation to curb the use of monetary bail as a condition for pre-trial release. His bill—H.R. 4833, the Bail Fairness Act of 2018—would require states to provide non-monetary release for all arrestees charged with a non-violent misdemeanor with no prior convictions or they would forfeit a portion of their federal funding for criminal justice activities. Earlier, California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris teamed with Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul to introduce S.1593, the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017, that would provide grants to states to transform their monetary bail systems. An identical companion bill, H.R. 4019, was introduced in the House by California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33). Davis’s bill has eight co-sponsors—all Democrats. Harris and Paul’s bill has no co-sponsors.”
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