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.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Parents Say Fiancé Brian Laundrie's 'Silence Is Reprehensible'; Police In Utah Confirm Responding To Incident Involving Couple
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.READ MORE: Police: Father Spit On After Asking Man To Stop Smoking Marijuana In Front Of 4-Year-Old Daughter On Subway
“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.”MORE NEWS: 1 Man Shot, Another Robbed While Dining Outside Philipe Restaurant On Upper East Side
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.