House Bill 439 Will Not Work for Ohio:
House Bill 439 creates a wholesale change to the bail system with an UNPROVEN method that will put victims of crime at unnecessary risk, limit and undermine the judges’ discretion, change the way our hard-working law enforcement officials apprehend criminals, and eliminate the state’s accountable commercial bail system all together.
House Bill 439 is a DISTRACTION from true,
effective bail reform efforts that ensure fairness, consistency and justice for
crime victims in Ohio’s courts of law.
Ohio’s current bail system, risk
assessment of the accused is already performed in each step of the apprehension
and hearing process.
- The Courts use bond schedules that identify how much bail should be charged for defendants accused of various offenses - and already consider a variety of factors.
- House Bill 439 is transferring the cost of "free" bail from the offender to the taxpayer.
legislation eliminates bond schedules and replaces them with an unproven “risk
assessment tool” that uses a black-box algorithm to determine a
suspect’s risk of flight, thereby removing judicial discretion and the human element of decision
implementation of a risk assessment tool will increase the failure-to-appear
and re-arrest rates for new crimes.