• Senate bill would forbid payment of money for pre-trial release
  • GPS monitors and pre-trial supervision seen as alternatives

Bernie Sanders introduced legislation on Wednesday that seeks to end the practice of cash bail, a system that has resulted in thousands of people being sent to jail only because they cannot afford to pay for their release.

Criminal justice advocates have said that the system, which relies on defendants using for-profit bail bondsmen, relegates those who cannot pay to “modern day debtors’ prisons” despite the fact that they have not been convicted of any crime. They argue that people who do not pose a risk should not be kept in jail but instead should be released with GPS monitors, or pre-trial supervision.

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