Bail Reform – Is there another side to the argument?
Please share this with your judges and policy makers. Here is what a well informed, experienced judge, Craig DeArmond, Chief Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit, has to say about “the Kool-Aid of no money bail reform.”
Just a couple of excerpts:
Was I the only one who felt like we were being asked …, no, told we had to drink the Kool-Aid of no money bail reform or face eternal damnation?
It is unfortunate although understandable that a significant portion of the material opposing no money bail comes from the commercial surety industry because that will undoubtedly be the basis for any attack on a contrary position. “They are only out to save their jobs” is an easy way of discrediting the information without reading the research or studies. For those of you who disagree with me, I understand it is no different than “they are only out to promote their socially progressive agenda”; the difference being, I’m asking you to investigate both sides, not just one. Look at the actual research and the cases and consider the fact that the system we use has been in operation for hundreds of years, in over 99% of the jurisdictions, with fairly successful results. Is it perfect, no; but what system run by humans ever is? Does our Supreme Court require perfection? No, thankfully it does not. Does it even make logical sense that fewer people will fail to appear, commit more crimes, or comply with bond conditions if we just don’t make them post bond? Did it make any sense to you at 15 all when we heard that one of the primary reasons people don’t show up for court is because we don’t call them the day before? There are many more sources of information and statistics out there; you just have to look for them.
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