Colorado Lawmakers Want To Halt Required Bond Payments For Petty Crimes
"Some lawmakers say people are being jailed for minor crimes in Colorado simply because they don’t have enough money to pay for the bond. A bill introduced this week in the state legislature would bar that the courts from requiring that people pay bonds in cases of petty crimes and traffic offenses."
"Rep. Matt Soper, a Republican who represents Delta, and Rep. Leslie Herod, a Democrat who represents Denver, are the authors of the bill. They say thousands of poor people are being jailed because they can’t afford even inexpensive bonds, even though the crimes they’re accused of wouldn’t land them in jail."