Presidential hopeful and Democratic party candidate Michael Bloomberg just made a bold announcement in the name of criminal justice reform: he proposed making New York’s bail reform law nationwide, ending cash bond for “non violent” offenders.
Bloomberg announced that if he is elected president, he’d implement the policy on a federal basis, banning states and municipalities from giving defendants cash bails. Instead, judges all across the country would be forced to follow a federal mandate requiring them to release defendants on their own recognizance.
“I’m running for president to fix our country’s most difficult problems — including ending the era of mass incarceration, which has needlessly destroyed millions of lives,” Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg made the announcement at an event closed to the press in Jackson, Mississippi.