Imagine thousands of criminals living beside you in your community, this might soon be the stark reality due to the bail reform bills known as the California Assembly Bill 42 and the California Senate Bill 10.
If passed, the bills will serve as a replacement of the cash bail system with alternative methodologies to determine who stays in jail before a trial and who is released.
In a KCRCR Channel 7 News interview, Topo Padilla, President of Golden State Bail Agents Association said that both bills are, “aimed at eliminating the bail bond industry, and any money requirements for somebody that is in jail for them to be released.”
This presents an issue for the bail bond industry that has played an integral role in the justice system for centuries.
Eliminating an industry that functions at no cost to taxpayers, bails individuals out of jail, thus removing the need for taxpayers to pay for people to sit in jail, and assuming full responsibility that the accused individual appears at court is something to consider before expelling.
In addition to being the quickest way out of jail, securing a bail provides multiple benefits such as the ability to work on one’s defense, maintaining a job, avoiding arrest, taking care of one’s family and confidentiality.
Although the bills propose to substitute bail bond industry with alternatives such as pre-trial service agencies, the services that these agencies offer such as drug and alcohol testing, referrals for treatment and electronic monitoring have long been instilled before their existence.
Instead one should consider a multi-faceted approach to the true dire issue at hand, overcrowding of California jail facilities.
By Samantha Romero