Bail MattersPreserve Justice
HR 1249 and HR 2152, will put your safety at risk!
Background: Communities across America use federal tax dollars (DOJ Byrne JAG grants) to pay for their Pre-Trial Release (PTR) programs -- sophisticated catch and release programs that allow an accused suspect to be released with just a signature and a promise to return to court for trial. These programs operate without adequate oversight. As a result, repeat and violent offenders are too easily released back on the streets, often committing heinous crimes. PTR programs have been criticized as “taxpayer funded bail programs” or “cashless bail.”
Unlike commercial bail, these PTR programs have no recourse when the accused defendant fails to appear for trial (roughly 30%-50% of the time). Consequently, these programs become taxpayer funded revolving door programs that facilitate injustice and increased crime.
Now, some in Congress want to eliminate bail and replace it with these failed, Pre-Trial Release programs.
Why this matters: This extreme, dangerous legislation would result in:
- Higher failure to appear rates
- More fugitives on the streets
- More crime
- More victims
- Less Justice
- Greater risk to you and your family