Bail Reform and Pretrial Release:
Our Clients Should Have a Choice
Across the United States, calls for criminal justice reform are coming from every political and socioeconomic corner. Rapper Meek Mill and music mogul Jay-Z have created the Reform Alliance, an organization dedicated to probation and parole laws. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, and hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb – among others – have pledged $50 million to that cause. The First Step Act became federal law a year ago, providing relief to thousands of federal inmates and defendants. And, notably, many states and local jurisdictions have begun instituting bail reform, a long-overdue and righteous endeavor, to be sure.
Bail reform is necessary. As the gap between the billionaire and working classes widens in America, the traditional monetary bail system has created modern debtors’ prisons where the poor simply will not get out of jail even for the most trivial of offenses.
However, monetary bond is still an objectively better option for most of our clients in Orange County when compared to its administrative counterpart, pretrial release. Consider the facts…
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