Rob Bonta Would Eliminate Bails as SF Faces Epidemic of Burglaries
As Bay-Area State Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) joins Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) in an ill-considered quest to eliminate California’s bail system and force courts into using a computer algorithm to determine who should be released from jail, the city of San Francisco is experiencing an epidemic jump in its number of burglaries.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the recent alarming trend:
Victims had reported 17,970 vehicle break-ins across San Francisco through the end of July, a 28 percent jump from the same period last year.
At this rate, the city will far exceed the 25,899 burglaries in 2015, which the civil grand jury said cost victims at least $19 million. In 2010, less than 10,000 vehicle break-ins were reported the entire year.
Magnifying the problem, guns taken in car burglaries have been used in a number of killings in the city, including the July 2015 shooting of Kate Steinle on Pier 14.
The civil grand jury report, released in June 2016, said gangs were responsible for up to 80 percent of the burglaries, but that police made arrests in fewer than 2 percent of cases. [Emphasis added]
Ending California’s bail system would mean the automatic release of hundreds of thousands of arrested criminal defendants into our communities as soon as they are booked, without the oversight of a judge or an opportunity for victims of their crimes to plead to the court that they be held in jail. Senate Bill 10 provides no incentive for them to appear in court because it eliminates property forfeitures for skipping court dates.