The Dangers of Bail Reform and the "movement" towards unaccountable Pretrial Release across the United States
Criminal 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.
To 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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