The majority of the 450,000 Americans in jail awaiting trial on any given day are there because they can’t afford bail, not because they’ve been deemed a risk

Senators Rand Paul and Kamala Harris are cosponsoring legislation released Thursday that would incentivize states to reform their systems of “money bail”, which keeps defendants awaiting trial in jail unless they pay for their 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,” Harris said in a statement. “We must come together to reform a bail system that is discriminatory, wasteful and fails to keep our communities safe.”

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