Brett Davidson ‘16 and Patrick Sullivan ‘18 are co-founders of the CT Bail Fund, which posts bail for individuals who cannot afford it and organizes for the abolition of bail. Their response to the passage of H.B. No. 7044, “An Act Concerning Pretrial Justice Reform,” was published in CT Viewpoints on June 12, 2017.
“Money bail, which predicates freedom on a defendant’s ability to pay, is not reformable. It must be eliminated. The bail industry, which has spent two decades lobbying in favor of modern debtor’s prisons, should not be given taxpayer money to tidy its own mess.”