Human Rights groups around the United States have been fighting to take away cash bail for inmate release saying it is unfair to keep arrestees in jail while waiting for their trial because 'not everyone can afford bail'.
But the big questions is .... WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIMES?
The first thing an angry criminal is going to do once he is released is go back to his or her victim and get revenge (even though they were told not to do so).
Whether or not we know for sure someone is guilty, is it smart to release someone WHO MAY VERY WELL BE VIOLENT back out there where they cause more damage? Most spouses and intimate partners are scared to death to report abuse in the first place for this very reason. And what about the children?
WHO ARE WE PROTECTING HERE? CRIMINALS OR VICTIMS?
The article below from England explains the struggles their communities are facing since their government has removed cash bail.
AND WHAT IF 'NO CASH BAIL' BACKFIRES?
With the pre-trial risk assessment tools now being used (experimented with), this gives judges more power than ever to keep defendants behind bars. Regardless if a software program relays a suspect is a low-risk, the judge can decide not to let him out on bail. This could become a real danger for everyone as we are finding our government isn't so dependable (honest).
Roche Surety and Casualty Co. Inc. explain how a new study by Dr. David Krahl from University of Tampa proves the state of Florida DOES NOT have a 'languishing' jail population as suggested by some legislators and bail 'reform' advocates.
The data showed almost 60% of arrestees booked into Florida jails are released within 3 days and more than 2/3 are released within 7 days. The study also revealed that there are inmates in jail who are actually supposed to be there for a lawful purpose and legitimate reason: There are offenders serving sentences; there are those persons that are on 'hold' for a probation, parole, pretrial violation or transfer to another county or another state; there are those persons that being held in protective custody; there are individuals who are being deported and awaiting transfer to immigration and Customs Enforcement; there those persons who are in detention because they are awaiting trial on federal charges; and there are those convicted offenders who are awaiting transfer to state correctional facilities from their original jurisdiction of conviction. Finally there are those persons in pretrial detention who are there because the judge has determined that the nature and the gravity of the alleged offenses(s) are sufficient severity so as to preclude any type of pretrial release, whether secured or unsecured. Fundamentally, people end up in jail for a myriad of reasons other than just pretrial detention. Associated with these different reasons for being in jail are differential lengths of time associated with the confinement." I am sure we all agree some who are arrested for heinous crimes such as; murder, rape, domestic battery, human trafficking, child-related crimes should be held to ensure public safety. READ FULL ARTICLE
CALIFORNIA: In April of last year, 16 year old, Latavious Betts, was arrested for murder but released from jail by the Verona Police Department without the approval of a judge . Months later, Betts was in a vehicle that was driving down a community road when he fired a dozen or more gun shots into a house, killing an innocent woman.
Another perfect example of why 'Bail Reform' will not work. Cash bail is imperative to protect the community. If this young man would have been detained - his victim would still be alive today.