Tell Colorado Legislators to VOTE NO on HB 19-1226
House Bill 19-1226: Bond Reform
Leslie Herod (D-008), Representative Matt Soper (R-054), Senator Pete Lee (D-11)
House Bill 19-1226 will
create statewide pretrial services and require the use of pretrial risk assessment
tools – tools that have not been tested for gender or racial bias.
Bias: HB 19-1226 will make the right to bail conditional on an
algorithm that is neither transparent nor has it yet been tested for gender or
racial bias. In fact, 110 civil rights groups are calling for the ban of
the use of these risk tools. Said the ACLU
of Kansas, “The use of risk assessment
tools in making pretrial decisions poses threats to civil liberties and will
not reduce the jail population or improve pre-trial accuracy.”
to Fund: HB 19-1226 will cost the state and counties millions to fund. Early
estimates say the cost could top nearly 16 million plus in the first two years
probation: This legislation will also largely eliminate the right of
criminal defendants to post bail and be expeditiously released from jail,
relying instead on the untimely bureaucracy and not your friends and family to
decide if you get to get out of jail on bond. All 64 counties will now be
required to supervise criminal defendants who have not yet been convicted,
policies which over the last 40 years have now been understood as a central
cause of mass incarceration. HB 19-1226 will cast a dragnet of “pre-conviction
probation” conditions that threaten basic civil liberties and will set defendants
up for failure right from the start.
bureaucrats with their fancy algorithms from deciding if you can exercise your
constitutional right to bail.
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Action: OPPOSE H.B. 1226 !