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).
The family of a man who was shot and killed last summer said the judicial system is failing them, after the woman charged in his death has been arrested several times since then.
In 2017, Illinois introduced a bail reform bill that passed into law. This new law mandates that courts impose the least restrictive conditions possible for criminal case defendants. The new law has made the state's "catch and release" criminal justice problems even worse.
"There are people who are pushing for bail reform; they want to do away with the process of having to put up a bond to get out of jail before their trial," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "This guy is a perfect argument against that.
The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities issued a press release outlining the growing concerns surrounding the use of risk assessment tools in determining the fate of criminal defendants.
The National Police Association asked the President for help with the Baltimore Police Consent Decree, a 227 page document with more than 500 paragraphs of content, written by the Obama era Justice Department and forced upon Baltimore Patrol Officers, is without exception a hammer being used by the City and the Court against the interests of officer safety, public safety, officer morale and law enforcement.
New Yorkers will be shocked to discover that a new bail statute, passed as part of the state budget, mandates pretrial release of hundreds arrested for top narcotics crimes. Unless a defendant faces a single, seldom-charged narcotics offense, the new law requires judges to treat cartel associates the same as low-level street dealers when it comes to bail. This change arrives in the midst of an opioid epidemic, when overdoses are killing thousands of New Yorkers each year, far more than all violent crimes combined.
Many states around the country are striving for bail reform after New Jersey and New Mexico recently launched their new programs. But how safe is it to release questionable defendants on SOR only?
The Criminal Justice Committee Pretrial Release Session was held in January of this year. Watch the video or read the transcription to learn what was discussed during the meeting.
Professor Alex Tabarrok with Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics, Center for Political Economy at George Mason University discusses the role of monetary bail in North America.
"The paradigmatic case for the movement to eliminate cash bail is a person who is innocent, who is wrongly arrested for a minor crime, who rots in jail because he can't afford bail. These cases do exist. However, they are not paradigmatic. READ ARTICLE
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
Read the most up-to-date crime news in New Mexico. NM is one of the states in the USA who have removed money bail
Read the most up-to-date crime news in New Jersey. The country has congratulated NJ for its success with bail reform.
Read the most up-to-date crime news in Baltimore, Maryland. Crime has gotten out of control since removing cash bail
Read the most up-to-date crime news in Washington DC. Cash bail was largely removed in the 1990s. Has crime improved? Read for...
Read the most up-to-date crime news in Kentucky. This state has the 9th highest crime rate in America and want to remove cash bail
Read the most-up-to-date news in Madison, Wisconsin. State officials are seriously considering removing cash bail this year as a way to ...
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.