In April 2020, during the early days of COVID, the California Judicial Council imposed Zero Bail. This allowed individuals accused of certain crimes to be immediately released from custody without the payment of bail money or bond. Then last month, the state Supreme Court ruled it's unconstitutional to require defendants to remain behind bars if they can't afford it.
Jeff discusses with Anne-Marie that studies show that the people on zero bail have committed more crimes than the ones on bail. For example, in Yolo County, there were 595 people who were released on zero bail, including felony crimes and misdemeanor crimes. Of those 595 people, 70% had re-offended many within days or weeks, most within months.
“You know, that's the problem with the zero bail system where people are released without having to post any bond, without having to have any stake in, you know, an incentive to come back to court.” Jess explains.
Listen to the full discussion on the zero bail failure in Yolo County in the latest episode of Inside the Crime Files on Apple Podcast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.