Rand Paul And Kamala Harris Team Up To Reform Bail Practices
Rand Paul and Kamala Harris Team Up to Reform Bail Practices
by Dawchelle HamiltonWASHINGTON — The last thing Ato Walker expected when he went out for a pre-birthday drive in 2014 was to have a traffic stop escalate into a physical encounter with police, then have his bail set at more than $165,000.
After his bail was reduced to $85,000, his mother used her retirement savings to pay a bail bondsman the nonrefundable, mandatory 10 percent to free him.His case was eventually thrown out, but the memory lingers.
“There are too many people that are up-charged, like I was,” Walker said.
Now two senators from opposing parties — Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. — are …