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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on Attorney General Herring’s Cash Bail Reform Proposal

October 22, 2018
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring outlined a new proposal to reform Virginia’s cash bail system:

“I commend Attorney General Mark Herring for applying a common sense approach to bail reform. Many defendants cannot afford to post cash bail, creating a justice system where individuals are incarcerated simply because they are poor. Unfortunately, too many of these individuals end up losing their jobs, and eventually their homes, because they are locked up awaiting trial. Some defendants are eventually sentenced to no jail time at all or to a sentence that could have been served on weekends, allowing them to preserve their jobs and homes. The economic instability inflicted on these individuals with our current bail system too often leads to unnecessary recidivism. There is no public safety rationale for jailing people because they do not have money. A bail system should be based on risk and not wealth. Our current bail system only further increases mass incarceration, drives up costs to the taxpayer, and unnecessarily breaks up families and communities. The reforms proposed by Attorney General Herring will save Virginians millions of dollars, which can be invested in evidence-based initiatives proven to actually reduce crime and make our communities safer.”

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