If you have read the news lately as Atomic Bail Bonds does, you have seen that a backlash has arisen against the institution of cash bail. You may be asking why? This has been going like this for years, and it has been working. Well, many are not happy with it, and we dive in to see what it is all about and what is going to happen.
What is Cash Bail?
Statistics show that three out of five people in United States jails today have not been actually “convicted” (yet) of a crime. This amounts to nearly half a million people sitting in jails each day, despite the fact that they are legally innocent of the crime with which they have been charged. Most jurisdictions in the country operate a cash bail system.
This works in that the court determines the amount of money that one has to pay in order to secure release from jail. The cash amount serves as collateral to ensure that the defendant appears in court for their trial.
Is There Anything Wrong With Cash Bail?
Those who argue against it, say the cash bail system “criminalizes poverty”. This seems hard to understand, as there has to be some penalty or system to dealing with the criminal situation after the arrest and detainment.
People against cash bail say that people who are unable to afford cash bail are detained while they await trial for weeks or even months. Cash bail perpetuates inequities in the justice system that are disproportionately felt by “communities of color” and those experiencing poverty.
It is interesting because poor people come in all colors. But there is a theory that if you can’t afford bail, perhaps avoid committing crimes. That way you never have to worry about getting into a cash bail situation.
How are Jurisdictions Dealing With the Issue?
Many jurisdictions across the United States are rethinking the way they use jails, reforming pretrial practices to ensure that defendants’ rights to be presumed innocent and treated equally under the law are preserved, regardless of their income. In ending cash bail, jurisdictions are redesigning their pretrial systems with the goal of reducing the overuse and misuse of jails.
For the time being, cash bail isn’t going anywhere, but many states are trying to get rid of it. Sadly, it does seem that more and more the laws are changing in favor of the criminals instead of for the citizens that don’t break the law. Whether it is getting rid of cash bail, or like they did in California, raising the amount that one can steal before it becomes a felony, or decriminalizing many acts in New York, it seems things are heading into a lawless chaotic situation.
If you are in need of a local bail bond company in any and all of Connecticut, that is going to answer their phone, represent you, get you out of jail, and walk you through the whole way in this stressful situation, then you want to contact Atomic Bail Bonds right now. There is no reason to wait any longer. You want to get out of jail. You need to get out of jail. There is a company that is on your side and ready to get you released ASAP.