NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on congress to end the federal cash bail system.

The junior senator from New York says the current system results in a disproportionate number of low-income people being locked up, even if they have not yet been convicted of a crime.

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The No Money Bail Act would encourage states to establish a pre-trial system based on the crime an individual is arrested for, or their prior criminal history.

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“We should not be locking people up in jail because they cannot afford their bail, period,” said Gillibrand. “It’s just that simple. I believe our country is much better than that.”

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Gillibrand’s call to eliminate the cash bail system comes as the senate is about to begin debate on a new criminal justice reform bill which does not include bail reform.