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End cash bail

The cash bail punishes the poor, creates a health risk for those awaiting trial, separates families unnecessarily, and coerces unjust pleas. The inability to pay for release exacerbates the existing inequities of our justice system. 

I am committed to ending cash bail in Maricopa County.  Other states have implemented alternatives to cash bail and have demonstrated that it reduces jail populations and helps the accused maintain employment and family contacts, while still ensuring public safety. 

I believe that pretrial release should be presumed, just as the accused is presumed innocent. If there are demonstrated safety concerns or flight risks, electronic monitoring and other technology is often available that can mitigate those risks. In  serious or violent cases, I am committed to seeking orders for detention rather than asking for unattainable bail.
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