Raphael Warnock in 2019: ‘Our Ultimate Goal Is to Get Rid of Cash Bail’

Raphael Warnock in 2019: ‘Our Ultimate Goal Is to Get Rid of Cash Bail’


Rev. Raphel Warnock, the Democrat nominee running against GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Georgia, compared the use of “cash bail” in the criminal justice system to “voter suppression.”

Warnock, who is running in an election that could ultimately determine which party controls the United States Senate, made the comments during a symposium on criminal justice at Harvard University in November 2019. During the event, in particular, the reverend was asked by a member of the audience about his views on states, most notably Florida, preventing felons from voting until they have paid all the fines and fees associated with their incarceration.

“In America, we have noisy, rambunctious arguments in the democratic space,” Warnock said in response to the question. “About guns and butter, about what to fund, about public policy, and those arguments should be noisy … so we can have a nonviolent democratic process.”

“What we’ve witnessed over the

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