Judge Cancels Bail in Los Angeles
A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled last week that arrestees for non-violent felonies and misdemeanors must be released without bail. CBS affiliate KCAL reports that Judge Lawrence Riff issued a preliminary injunction blocking judges from requiring bail for all but the most violent offenses. The Jerry Brown appointee held that requiring bail for arrestees who cannot pay is a “serious constitutional violation.” Among those who will be released without bail under this ruling are virtually all thieves, including car thieves, drug dealers, and most people who commit assaults, including domestic violence. The Editorial Board of the Los Angeles Times praised the judge for bringing “back sanity in L.A.” Did the Times miss the historic spike in crime that hit Los Angeles when bail was suspended in 2020? That’s the same year that 56.4% of voters rejected zero bail (Proposition 25) at the November general election.