How the Trump administration is working to save $1 billion in bail bonds
By Tom D’AgostinoNovember 22, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.
ESTThe Department of Justice has proposed $1.2 billion in new bail bonds for the upcoming fiscal year.
The proposal comes as the Trump Administration is preparing to implement a new round of bail reforms that will reduce the number of people needing to be held in jail.
The DOJ will spend $2 billion on the reforms, which will be administered by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The agency is also seeking to raise $600 million to cover the cost of the new bonds.
The proposed bail reform is the latest step in the Trump DOJ’s efforts to make sure that taxpayers have no more money to spend on bail when it comes to people facing felony charges.
The new reforms were announced after Trump announced last month that he was ending the controversial “three strikes” rule that made it nearly impossible for people facing a felony charge to get bail.
The plan to reform the bail system was first announced last summer by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
The Trump administration has not yet made the reforms permanent, and it is still possible that the Department of Homeland Security will implement them.
But Yates, who is in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, has been pushing the reform for years.
She told reporters earlier this month that the new bail reforms would allow for people to get out of jail and move to safer neighborhoods without fear of arrest or prosecution.
Bail reforms have been a major focus of the Trump Justice Department since last summer, when Trump was criticized for not doing enough to address mass incarceration and racial disparities in policing.
During the 2016 election campaign, Trump frequently called for a crackdown on illegal immigration.
The new bail reform will likely help the Trump campaign by lowering the cost and ease of entry to the U.S. for many people who are arrested.
And while the proposed reforms do not go far enough, they will likely do a lot to reduce the incarceration of many people in jails across the country.