Congressman Lieu Introduces the "No Money Bail Act of 2016"
On Februrary 24, 2016, Congressman Ted W. Lieu introduced H.R. 4611, the "No Money Bail Act of 2016," a bail reform bill that seeks to eliminate the use of money bail because no one should be held in jail solely because of the inability to pay bail.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Southern Poverty Law Center, Equal Justice Under Law, The Pretrial Justice Institute, The Drug Policy Alliance, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, The Sentencing Project, Color of Change, The National Legal Aide & Defender Association, National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, ArchCity Defenders, The Southern Center for Human Rights, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
More than 2.3 million people are incarcerated in America, of which 450,000 individuals have never been convicted of a crime and are often detained because they cannot afford to pay bail. America’s current money bail system rejects the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Many people decide to plead guilty purely to get out of jail because they cannot afford bail. Throughout the nation, those with money can buy their freedom while poor defendants stay behind bars awaiting trial. Congressman Lieu’s “No Money Bail Act” ends the money bail system because America should not be a country where freedom is based on income.