San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told Melugin that the zero dollar cash bail law is forcing him to release hundreds of inmates, including some who have been convicted of serious felonies.
The mandate went into effect last Monday after California’s Judicial Council issued an emergency rule ordering all misdemeanors and some low-level felonies to now have cash bail set at zero dollars, with 13 exceptions for serious and violent felonies. However, child abuse was not one of those exemptions.
California's Judicial Council carved out 13 exemptions for the $0 cash bail, including serious and violent felonies, and while domestic violence made the list, child abuse inexplicably did not. How does that happen? I press the Council for answers, story 2nite at 10pm on @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/vNiPvfJYsF
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 21, 2020
“Felony child abuse does not fit into that list of 13, so even though this guy had a prior domestic violence conviction for child abuse, he gets arrested for child abuse again, and then he gets released on zero bail with a court date in July,” McMahon told FOX LA. “So that just doesn’t make any sense to me, maybe I’m missing something, but that doesn’t seem to me to be the right thing to do to protect the citizens of our county. If that person is in our custody, we can protect the victim, if he’s not, we can’t.”
The state issued the mandate in order to reduce inmate populations during the coronavirus epidemic, but Sheriff McMahon told FOX LA that San Bernardino County doesn’t have an overcrowding problem and that inmates are separated and required to wear masks. He added that too many dangerous people have already been allowed to return to society, where they could cause more harm.
“We’ve already started releasing those fresh arrests that weren’t on the list of 13,” Sheriff McMahon told Melugin. “The first night into Tuesday morning, there were 6 people arrested on felonies and were released on zero bail.”
A prosecutor in Los Angeles County confirmed that child abuse suspects are now eligible for immediate release in California under this new mandate. “You will go to jail if you spit on your spouse, but if you give your child a black eye, you’re free to go,” the unnamed prosecutor told FOX LA.
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