Vice President Kamala Harris was in, but is now out, when it comes to cash bail.
Per Brooke Singman of Fox News, “Vice President Kamala Harris, in the wake of the Kyle Rittenhouse not-guilty verdict, said the nation’s criminal justice system is flawed and that she’s been fighting ‘the majority of my career’ to make it more ‘equitable’ – a clarion call that belies some of her past positions on the issue as a California prosecutor.”
According to Wingman’s report:
Harris’ current stance on making the criminal justice system more “equitable” appears to stand in contrast to her actions as the district attorney in San Francisco (2004-2011) and as California’s attorney general (2011-2017). As a prosecutor, Harris supported cash bail and even called for higher bail amounts on gun-related charges.
It’s long past time to address bail reform across the country. Too often, poor people sit in jail because they don’t have the money to pay bail, while someone with the same offense but money in their back pocket gets out. This is a serious injustice.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 18, 2019
“Many reform activists argue cash bail unfairly penalizes the less affluent,” notes Singman. “Bail money is essentially collateral to ensure a person shows up for future court dates. If a person pays bail, then appears for their court dates, that money is refunded.”
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