When it comes to holding her Republican colleagues accountable and not allowing the “good ol’ boys'” network to bully her, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has definitely made a name for herself. Most recently, when questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Harris’ succinct line of questioning had Sessions on the ropes and stuttering to find the words to answer.
Per the usual, Harris’ articulate speech, confidence, and professionalism when addressing Sessions caused some to quickly label her as an “angry black woman.” Undeterred, Harris has pushed forward with representing the best interest of the people she has been elected to serve as her paramount objective. With that in mind, and serving as a further display of just how dedicated she is to public service, Harris is taking a remarkable step across the aisle to partner with a member of very brotherhood that has iced her out, disrespected her, and often treated her as less than.
For the good of the people, Harris is collaborating with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Together, the pair is looking to engage in prison reform via a somewhat unconventional means — the bail process. On Thursday, the two introduced a bipartisan bill that will change or replace the bail system by way of a $10 million grant, over a three-year period.
Called the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017, the legislation will provide incentives to states that implement “individualized, pretrial assessments with risk-based decision making.” According to Harris:
‘Our justice system was designed with a promise: to treat all people equally. Yet more than 450,000 Americans sit in jail today awaiting trial and many of them cannot afford money bail. In our country, whether you stay in jail or not is wholly determined by whether you’re wealthy or not – and that’s wrong.’
‘Americans should be able to expect fair and equal treatment under the law regardless of how much money is in their pockets or how many connections they have.’