The Dangers of Bail Reform and the "movement" towards
unaccountable Pretrial Release across the United States
Justice Reform (Bail Reform) has been sweeping the country...most notably in
states like New Jersey and New Mexico where the overhaul of their bail system
has law enforcement and citizens worried about public safety. Based
on the premise of reduced costs to states and fairness to the
"indigent", legislators are falling for it...and endangering their
constituents and law enforcement in the process.
Criminal Justice Reform has been marketed around the country as a better system
for those criminally charged, but in reality these reforms end up weakening
accountability in the criminal justice system by fundamentally making it easier
for repeat criminals to get out of jail – all while leaving the victims
behind. Disguised under programs that promote
"personal bonds" and "unsecured bonds,” these unaccountable
pretrial release programs
are destroying criminal accountability, reducing judicial
discretion, and making our communities less safe.
compound the problem, new ”black box” computer algorithms are supposedly going
to be able to predict who is going to commit another crime and who is going to
flee. These computer algorithms have already been found to not only be
ineffective but also unfairly racially profile defendants. In fact, 110
Civil Rights Groups have demanded an end to the use of these programs for
pretrial release decision making and sentencing.
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