California lawmakers have proposed a bill that will “reform the money-bail system.” They are calling the bail bond industry status quo an “injustice to the poor.”
If the proposed bill is passed, criminals will be released on their Own Recognize, which means they will be released on a simple promise that they will attend all court hearings and not commit new crimes.
There is no accountability and we are left to hope the criminals will stay good on their promise. This has potential to harm the general public, police officers, taxpayers’ money and victim’s rights.
Read our 5-part blog series on what this “bail reform” actually consists of and why New Jersey enforcement agencies are saying this is a disaster.
Part 1: Bail Reform Harms Public Safety, Decreases Defendant Accountability
Part 2: Cash / Corporate Bail: Does it Really Serve a Purpose?
Part 3: Why Putting the Government in Charge Won’t Work
Part 4: What We’ve Learned from States that Have Done Away with Commercial Bail Bonds
Part 5: Accountability is Key