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State wide bills could get rid of bail for inmates

Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 21:22:39-04
The state of California could historically change the way it gets criminals to show up for court and ensure those with less income an equal opportunity at freedom. 
 
The state is considering getting rid of monetary bail for most criminals and even lowering the bail for those who do not make enough money so they get an equal shot at freedom.  Instead of posting bail, officials would decide to release them based on their threat to public safety and would monitor them with ankle bracelets and tracking devices.  The Kern County District Attorneys office is concerned that this bill would put the public in danger. Here is what Scott Spielman, an assistant district attorney has to say.
 
"We have concern that if this bill passes there will be dangerous people that will be released waiting trial. That they will also be released and may not show up because they are a flight risk and it doesn’t take into consideration the dangerousness to the community and to the victims of these perpetrators."
 
Those who work at bail industries like patriot bail bonds also show frustration.
 
Amanda Esposipo at Patriot Bail Bonds is worried that she could lose her job.  Here is what she has to say.
 
"One if you cant afford to be bonded out then don’t get in trouble.  So, trying to abolish an entire industry because you know few people that continuously get in trouble are complaining is just ridiculous. You know if that passes,  not only is it going to cost thousand’s of dollars but thousands of people are going to be out of work.  I wont have a job. We have children that we have to support.  I have staff that wont have jobs here. Granted you could get jobs else where but this is what we do."
 
A hearing was held today to go through the first steps to get the bill passed and we will keep you updated online on turnto23.com.
 
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