Kamala Harris, Rand Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bail Reform Legislation

Two of the most vocal supporters of criminal justice reform in Congress have introduced legislation aimed at reforming the country’s bail system.

Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act on Thursday, which would encourage states to reform or replace the process they use for allowing people to pay money to avoid sitting in jail until their trial.

Some have argued that excessive bail requirements make it impossible for lower-income people to pay, and disproportionately hurts blacks and Hispanics.

Harris hinted on Tuesday that such legislation was coming, and that she was looking for co-sponsors.

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