The White House blamed former President Donald Trump for an uptick in violent crime, waving off a charge that the surge is rooted in liberal bail reform policies.
Asked whether the administration could encourage stronger prosecution of criminals or leverage other tools to cut down on violent recidivism, President Joe Biden’s press secretary pointed to Trump.
CASH BAIL THREATENS DEMOCRATS’ 2022 CHANCES
“We’ve inherited from the previous administration the largest year-over-year jump in murders in history in 2020,” Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.
She said Biden is putting federal agents on the street and cracking down on firearms to stem the murder hike, but she repeated his comments from the campaign endorsing reforms to bail policies that penalize poorer people.
“The president said that cash bail has become the modern-day debtors' prison,” Psaki said. “No one should be held just because they are poor, and a person who was dangerous but has the money to pay bail shouldn’t have a get-out-of-jail card.”
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Democratic lawmakers have for years pursued changes to the criminal justice system that critics say have caused an increase in violent crime in major cities. Those changes included an end to cash bail, sentencing reduction, and juvenile prosecution reform.