Criminal Justice Reform (including 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 and local officials 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 fairness to the "indigent" with wide spread use of "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, 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 “promise” to appear.
It is time to stop listening to the special interests, social advocacy groups, and judiciary who have been brainwashed into believing that coddling and protecting those that choose to harm and victimize citizens will make us safer all while expecting taxpayers to pay for it.
Email the Trump Administration below and send a message to Washington that we have had enough...