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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bail Reform
Just a Waste of the Tax Payers Money?
The bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was the last proposal to be reconsidered for a vote and failed to make it out of the chamber in July., with 36 lawmakers in favor and 37 opposed.
A copycat bill by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) wants to push this so called reform on the taxpayers no matter what the cost maybe. "This bill is clearly not a remedy for something that needs reform," Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) said. "It is a dismantling."
Know the facts about bail and the true cost that Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) bill will cost the taxpayers. 
A recent Facebook post by AIA Surety:
According to data presented in the LA County Sheriff Department's 2016 report, “Custody Division Year End Review for 2016", there does not seem to be a "poor person" problem in the LA County Jail System. The report shows that the inmates that came through the jail on low-level, non-violent misdemeanor charges (property, drugs, vehicle infraction, etc.) comprised less than 5% of the population If you remove those who are in mental health housing, the number drops to 3%. And that number includes those individuals that were able to bail out. If you eliminate the people who did bail, there is no doubt that number of people still in custody becomes even smaller. Additionally, only 3% of inmates in the LA County jail were there on a bond under $25,000. Over 74% of inmates were there on a bond over $100,000 or had a "no bail" designation.
Do these stats tell a story that sounds like LA County Jails are filled with "poor people" who can't afford a bail bond?
It is time for California legislators to step up and start questioning the mythical numbers being perpetuated by those pushing for bail reform. It is time for California legislators to look at the real data in our jail populations so that we can develop real solutions to real problems, as opposed to pushing a one-sided and potentially dangerous advocacy agenda on our criminal justice system. Californians deserve to know the truth, and deserve to have representation that honestly and meaningfully protects their families and communities.

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