Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated her loyalty Thursday to key national Democratic constituencies she would need if she seeks the White House – African-American and Hispanic voters – as she unveiled her first major bipartisan bill, a bid to revamp the bail bond system.
Her office touted the new legislation as her first big bipartisan bill introduction since she took office in January. The bill, co-sponsored by 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., aims to change the practice of keeping those awaiting trial in jail until they can come up with the money for bail.
It’s an effort that could have broad appeal to voters who want to see Congress advance criminal justice reform.
“Excessive money bail disproportionately affects communities of color, as studies have shown that African American and Hispanic defendants are more likely to be detained pretrial than white defendants and less likely to be able to post money so they can be released,” said the joint statement from Harris and Paul. Paul’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment. (The News Tribune)