“We’ve got our hands full trying to re-arrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail”
After waves of bad press and public pushback, New York City plans to revise its bail reform law. One California sheriff is faced with a similar law in her state, and she has stated that her department will not be enforcing lockdown orders.
Apparently, they are consumed with rearresting alleged offenders released on a zero-dollar bail reform measure to chase down law-biding citizens for not social distancing or to find out if they are “essential.”
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims appeared on the Trevor Carey Show and was asked about the way her office was coping with the Wuhan coronavirus and the attendant lockdown orders.
The sheriff of Fresno County, California, said she is unable to enforce the state’s stay-at-home order because she’s too busy rearresting accused criminals who were released due to the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.
“I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders,” Sheriff Margaret Mims was asked in an interview on the Trevor Carey Show, according to Breitbart News. “Is that your position?”
“That is my position,” Mims responded. “We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place. We don’t ask those questions. We don’t ask if they’re ‘essential.’ We’ve got our hands full trying to rearrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail. So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”
In 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 10 into law, which made California the first state to abolish cash bail for pretrial incarcerations.
It was estimated that 7,000 bail bond industry jobs and 3,200 small businesses would be lost when the bill went into effect, according to the Sacramento Bee.
On top of the prisoners being released on bail, the state of California has been releasing inmates from jail, including “high risk” sex offenders, in a move it says is aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
A lot of sheriffs across the country are refusing governors’ and mayors’ calls to treat law-abiding citizens like criminals; meanwhile, Democrats want to empty the jails and prisons of actual criminals.
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