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H.R. 1249: No Money Bail Act of 2021

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It’s currently easier for the rich to avoid pre-trial detention than the poor. Should that change?


Ostensibly, a person is only supposed to go to jail if they’re convicted of a crime. Yet if a person is deemed by a judge to be a likely public safety risk, or a likely flight risk to avoid prosecution, they can be kept in jail as a precautionary measure after merely being arrested.

When this happens, their bail is set at a certain dollar amount, essentially a price at which they can remain free until their trial. The more serious the crime, the higher the bail required. Either the arrestee themselves can pay the bail, or somebody else like a friend or family member can pay a bond on their behalf. …

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Ted Lieu

Sponsor. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Feb 23, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 23, 2021

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8 Cosponsors (8 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 23, 2021

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