“California’s bail system needs thoughtful, structural reform, not an out of control chainsaw approach that disregards public safety,” states Mark Klaas, President of Klaaskids Foundation. He was the father of kidnap and murder victim, Polly Klaas. He knows firsthand the pain of being a victim via his daughter. It is quite unbelievable that bail companies have become the scapegoat for idiot state legislatures who seemingly sway to the defense of criminals; those especially who have no money for bail. Again, let’s get this straight: under this bail reform proposal, a person could commit a crime knowing a quick release will be forthcoming based on one premise only, “I have no money to bail myself out.” How does that grab you?
Again, Marc Klaas states, “SB 10 is a get out of jail free card and ignores constitutional protections…” regarding victim’s rights: the need to be informed, notified, and to testify BEFORE the accused is released from jail. Until Marsy’s Law was enacted in the November 2008 election, victims had no rights whatsoever, while the criminals enjoy 20 protected rights under the constitution.
Marsy’s Law occurred because Marsalee Nicholas, a UCSB student was stalked and murdered by her boyfriend. Subsequently, the murderer, who was out on bail (why he was allowed bail for murder is a head scratcher), but nonetheless her grandmother encountered this individual in a grocery store. She had no idea he was on the streets. No victim’s rights – until this law was passed.
This movement is just a trend that many want to get on the do-gooder bandwagon, including stars like Jay Z, who have no concept of what real criminals are about, their psyche, or their habits, etc. Our illustrious Senator Mr. Bob Hertzberg, who penned this bill along with Assemblyman Rob Bonta, want the public to believe that “dangerous felons and criminals are the real victims, when nothing could be further from the truth.”
Thank you Mr. Klaas for your insights – a man and a father who has suffered immeasurably from a crime perpetrated upon his daughter. He knows the severity of these criminals first hand. Trend lines are not what’s at stake – real people and victims should be thought of first and foremost – not criminals.
By Sharla Esparza