In Colorado’s current money bail system, two individuals who commit the same crime often face differing outcomes based on their socioeconomic status. Though “innocent until proven guilty,” the poor often remain incarcerated pretrial for their inability to pay. Those with more access to financial means are freed even if they are a flight risk or pose a serious danger to public safety. If elected Attorney General, will you actively support substantial reforms to Colorado’s money bail system to ensure that people are not incarcerated pretrial solely because they do not have the means to pay their bail?
The reality for many pre-trial defendants is one we must change. Those facing trial should remain in jail only where they pose a threat to public safety or are a flight risk. If neither of those are true, they should not be kept in jail because they cannot afford bail. If either of those are true, they should not be released because they can afford bail. In short, the system for managing bail must be reformed so that it uses an individualized assessment approach.