Kings County Sheriff Exposes ‘Political Half-Truths’ on California Bail Costs in Article
Kings County Sheriff David Robinson has come out and exposed the ‘political half-truths’ about California’s bail costs. It appears as though State Senator Bob Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta have been trying to hide the bail costs to try and pass Senate Bill 10 (SB 10)and eliminate the current bail system in California.
Sheriff Robinson states:
“To avoid measuring the true cost of eliminating California’s bail system, two officials amended their legislation, Senate Bill 10 and pushed the date when the legislation would go into effect until Jan. 1, 2020. Clearly, this is a misleading maneuver by State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, to hide the fiscal impact to our county and local government agencies and to their fellow members of the Legislature, who are being asked to vote for this legislation.”
It is estimated that SB 10 will cost the state, county and local governments between $2 billion to $3.5 billion a year based on the actual current pretrial release costs in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey. California has approximately 1.2 million annual arrests, so saying that SB 10 will save the state money is a bit of a stretch. Towson University, in Maryland, estimated that New Jersey’s pretrial release system costs $461 million per year, based on 302,000 annual arrests, and the District of Columbia has a pretrial release system that costs $65.2 million a year to supervise and evaluate defendants.
California cannot afford to make the same mistakes they did in New Jersey and Washington D.C. by ending monetary bail.