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).
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.