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

Criminal Justice Reform (Bail Reform) is sweeping the country...most notably in states like New Jersey and New Mexico.  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 cure-all for our increasing crime problem, 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.  Disguised under programs that promote "personal bonds" and "sheriff's bonds", these unaccountable pretrial release programs are destroying criminal accountability and making our communities less safe.

To compound the problem, the 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 have the potential to unfairly racially profile defendants.  Ask New Jersey how well that is working out for them—their new bail computers, which began Jan 1st, are handing “get out of jail free” cards to “low-risk” heroin dealers, child sex offenders, gun criminals, and hardened gang members.  Even prior felons are being released on nothing more than a “pinky promise” to appear.

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