March 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued a statement upon introduction of the No Money Bail Act of 2017, a bail reform bill that seeks to eliminate the use of money bail.  No one should be held in jail solely because of the inability to pay bail.  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.  Mr. Lieu’s No Money Bail Act ends the money bail system because America should not be a country where freedom is based on income.

“America’s criminal justice system isn’t just broken; it violates our nation’s core values.  We cannot be a nation that believes in freedom and equal justice under the law, yet at the same time, locks up thousands of people solely because they cannot afford bail.  We cannot be a nation that believes in the principle of innocent until proven guilty, yet incarcerates over 450,000 Americans who have not been convicted of any crime.  Throughout the United States, those with money can buy their freedom while poor defendants languish behind bars awaiting trial.  The fact that many Americans decide to plead guilty purely to get out of jail because they cannot afford bail is intolerable.  Justice should not be bought and paid for in the United States.  We are a much better nation than that.”

Mr. Lieu will also be debating solutions to fix America’s broken bail system
at tomorrow’s Pretrial Justice Institute’s Innovators Convention.


WHAT:  Policy Debate on Money Bail and Pretrial Justice
Pretrial Justice Institute’s Innovators Convention

WHO Congressman Ted Lieu, (D, CA)
Marc Levin, Policy Director of Right on Crime

WHEN:   Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 9am to 10:30 am ET

WHERE:  Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

The event will also be live-streamed at Pretrial Justice Institute’s Facebook Page at 9am ET