Dog and Beth Chapman have been fighting Bail Reform all over the country. Now the US Senate has a bipartisan bill that will discourage money bail. The Chapmans are well known Republicans and hard core supporters of Donald Trump. Now they face an even tougher fight for the future of their industry, which at the present time, does not look bright. Now the Chapmans and the Bail Industry have a fight on their hands at the Federal level. Senate Bill SB10 is still alive and kicking in California as well.
Bartholomew D Sullivan, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Pretrial detention in jails across America costs taxpayers $38 million a day, according to a bill introduced Thursday by Sens. Kamala Harris and Rand Paul that proposes to give states and Indian tribes grants to encourage courts to replace the longstanding use of money bail.
The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act would give local jurisdictions grants to transitions out of the system of bail bonding used to assure that defendants make court appearances. Harris, a California Democrat, and Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, maintain people should not be held in jail simply because they can’t pay for pretrial release.
“In our country, whether you stay in jail or not is wholly determined by whether you’re wealthy or not — and that’s wrong,” said Harris, a career prosecutor and former California attorney general.
“By giving states greater freedom to undertake reforms specific to their needs, our legislation will help strengthen protections for minority and low-income defendants, reduce waste and move our bail system toward more effective methods, such as individualized, risk-based assessments,” Paul said.
The bipartisan bill would make it the sense of Congress that unnecessary detention may be counterproductive, noting studies indicate that those detained for more than 24 hours and then released are less likely to reappear in court than those held less than 24 hours.