The petition to Congress reads:
"Get rid of the country's unjust money bail system. Pass the No Money Bail Act now."
For far too long, the state has imprisoned thousands of people accused of a crime simply because they could not afford to post bail. This broken and biased system criminalizes poverty and forces people of color most surveilled and arrested by police to serve jail time before they are even convicted of a crime.
If we want to end the country's mass incarceration crisis, we must get rid of money bail. Progressive champion Sen. Bernie Sanders just introduced a bill that would put an end to cash bail for federal crimes and provide incentives for states that want to reform their pretrial programs and reduce their jail populations.1 Speak out now to add your support for this bill.
Tell Congress: End money bail now. Click here to sign the petition.
The impact of these incarcerations is devastating for communities of color. Police arrest Black and Latinx people at higher rates than any other group.3The cash bail system traps them behind bars before they can even defend themselves in court. For working class people of color, just a few days in jail could cost them their jobs, homes and even their children. Some prosecutors use these devastating consequences as leverage to force defendants to confess to crimes they did not commit and agree to plea deals instead of taking their case to court.4 That is unacceptable.
Sen. Sanders' No Money Bail Act would put an end to this unjust system. It would:5
Some local governments have already replaced cash bail with successful alternative pretrial programs. More than two decades ago, Washington replaced its money bail system with a pretrial assessment program that determines whether to release defendants based on their likelihood to appear in court and potential impact on public safety.6 The district releases most defendants with little to no supervision and, 89 percent of them appear in court, a success rate comparable to money bail systems across the country.7 In 2016, California's Santa Clara County adopted this highly effective model program, and Democrats in California's state legislature are pushing for statewide reforms right now.8 It's time for the rest of the country to get onboard.
We know that any bill to reduce mass incarceration has no chance of passing under Donald Trump's racist administration. But building momentum for bold reforms to end the unjust money bail system nationwide can start now and help move similar policies forward at the county and state levels. That's why CREDO is joining our friends at Color Of Change who worked closely with Sen. Sanders' office on this bill and have led this fight for years in backing the No Money Bail Act. Will you add your support now?
Tell Congress: End money bail now. Click the link below to sign the petition.
Thank you for speaking out.
Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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