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A change in Washington state law now requires the bailiffs to have an active commission through the state Criminal Justice Training Commission and to pass a background check
The 12 cities claim the zero-bail schedule for nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors will result in a “significant increase in criminals released back into the community”
“I’m not pointing fingers here at anybody; I’m just asking the question ‘why,’” Chief McManus said
“It gives judges discretion they need to hold violent criminals accountable, while still upholding our commitment to a justice system that is fair and accessible to all,” the gov. said
Riverside County Sheriff Deputy Isaiah Cordero was killed by a violent felon, on bail twice over, during a Dec. 29 traffic stop
The Fresno County, California rule allowed suspects arrested for certain lower-level felonies and misdemeanors to be released soon after, without having to put up bail money
The order came after a Kankakee County judge said the provisions were unconstitutional
A coalition made seven demands of commissioners before marching to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
Out of 595 people who were released on $0 bail from April 2020 through June 2021, 420 were re-arrested, with 123 of them arrested for violent crimes
Samuela Tuikolongahau Jr. was detained after allegations he presented bank checks for $760,000, $400,000 and $50,000 in 2020
In response to COVID concerns, local courts had required jails to set bail for all misdemeanor and felony offenses at $0.01, with exceptions for crimes such as serious or violent felonies
“The conversation on bail reform has gotten divorced from the data,” said Brad Lander
Supporters said the case of Quintez Brown, who was bailed out shortly after he opened fire on a mayoral candidate, highlighted the need for restrictions
“It is nearly impossible to believe that someone can attempt murder on Monday and walk out of jail on Wednesday,” Craig Greenberg said
“The bottom line is our hands are cuffed and we’ve got to get our hands un-cuffed so we can do our job,” said Chief Steve Abbott