‘Nobody’s Afraid to Commit Crimes’: Cops, Victims Blast Overhaul of NJ Bail System
Part 1 of 2: Botched Bail Reform – NBC 4 I-Team
By: Sarah Wallace
“Nobody’s afraid to commit crimes anymore. They’re not afraid of being arrested, because they know at the end of the day, they’re going to be released. It’s catch and release,” Detective Joe Indano said.
“You’re chasing around the same people over and over again. They’re being released and going back and offending and now you have more people as victims,” Indano said.
One case that generated heavy media attention is that of accused serial burglar Dawud Ward, who was released over and over with no bail. He was caught in January by South Plainfield police at the home of Catherine Keller.
“I was totally disgusted that he just kept on being released and two days leter he is doing to someone else’s house and he is doing the same thing,” Keller said. “The system is broken.”
Outraged mother June Rodgers of Millville blames bail reform for the murder of her son. He was shot to death on a street in Vineland in April after a verbal dispute with a man driving a car. Cops arrested career criminal Jules Black, who’d been picked up on a separate gun charge four days before, and released with no bail.
“I say someone needs to come to me and say the system is working when I had to bury my son,” Rodgers said. “What was he doing out on the street? It’s unbelievable.”