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Cash bail and criminal justice reform urged at NAACP convention Monday

Cash bail and criminal justice reform urged at NAACP convention Monday

Congressional civil rights leaders, including rising Democratic star Sen. Kamala Harris of California, called for national reform of cash bail and other criminal justice issues on Monday at the NAACP convention in Baltimore.

Harris, who was greeted with cheers of “Harris for President,” urged reform of the cash bail system that she said preys on minorities and the poor.

“It’s not only about criminal-justice reform,” the former prosecutor said. “This is also a matter of economic justice, because the person who pays can get out.”

She cited the example of a woman arrested for shoplifting. If a judge sets her bail at $20,000, a bondsman charges her $2,000 to post the bail,...

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