November 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lieu issued the following statement after the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing on bail reform. Rep. Lieu has been a vocal advocate for bail reform, and has introduced legislation to reduce and eliminate the use of money bail.

“The use of money bail runs counter to our core American belief that every person deserves equal justice under the law,” Rep. Lieu said. “Tens of thousands of people are locked up simply because they cannot afford to post bail, not because they are a threat to their communities or a flight risk. When forced to stay in pretrial detention, defendants are at risk of losing their jobs and their homes, and the cycle of poverty persists. There is support for eliminating money bail that spans across party and geographic lines. I’m grateful that Chairman Nadler and Chairwoman Bass held this important hearing to shed light on a critical criminal justice issue and I look forward to continuing to advocate for bail reform.”