The idea behind jail is that it removes problem people from society for a period of time. It makes society safer and, hopefully, creates a disincentive for people to commit crimes in the first place.
But that only follows a conviction.
Prior to trial, though, many are released out on bail. This is part of the whole “innocent until proven guilty” that is such a vital part of our criminal justice system. However, there are times when people don’t get out on bail. A recent case in Chicago illustrates just why some people probably shouldn’t get bail.
In other words, it looks like the judge lowering the bond–an act based on mounting pressure from the left–resulted in the death of these two people. Two people who apparently did nothing wrong.
Now, don’t get me wrong. People do have a right to be considered innocent until proven guilty, but that applies in court. With a recidivist like Hebron, their past history should also factor into the bond.
Of course, the judge initially did just that, apparently. It was the political pressure that views every minority as a victim that caused him to change his mind. Now, two innocent people are dead–two actual minority victims.
Nice job, dipsticks.
Look, some people commit crimes bad enough that they probably shouldn’t get bond. They should be treated in court as if they’re innocent and the prosecution should have to make their case, but that doesn’t mean everyone accused of a crime should be walking around free, particularly recidivists like this.
I agree with groups like Black Lives Matter that there needs to be some kind of bond reform. I’m pretty sure that we have very different ideas of what form that reform should take.