Bail bonds are an essential part of the judicial & criminal justice systems. They're a surety bond that allows defendants to regain their freedom before reappearing in court. Thus, they serve a critical role in ensuring public safety & the integrity of criminal courts.
Statewide Zero Bail Order Has Been Lifted
But Remains In Place In L.A. County
With the arrival of the novel coronavirus and
the infectious disease that it causes,
COVID-19, the State of California imposed a
zero-bail order that allowed defendants
arrested for most misdemeanor and low-
level felonies to be released to the public
without posting bail.
The zero-bail order
accompanied ten other
emergency orders that were
quickly enacted to preserve
public health and safety.
The statewide measure was
preceded by a zero-bail
initiative imposed in Los
Angeles County a week
If potentially dangerous criminals are allowed
to walk free without posting bail, how can we
be sure that our streets are safe? Lifting the
Zero-Bail Order On June 10, amid a more
optimistic COVID-19 situation and a shaky
public safety record, California ended its
statewide zero-bail order.
Despite the statewide reversal, LA
County has decided to keep its
zero-bail order intact, which
eliminates the need for bail bonds
for defendants facing pretrial
within the county.
LA County's decision to
maintain its zero-bail order
has led to disastrous
consequences for public
A letter penned by Ventura County
law enforcement officers to the
California Judicial Council on May
4 noted that "Serious, negative
consequences" had occurred as a
result of the zero-bail order.
The increase in crime since the
introduction of zero-bail orders
in California have led one
California sheriff to claim that "
zero bail is a fail.
The Numbers May Be Higher
There's no disputing that crime
rates and rearrests have
increased since California's
zero-bail order came into
To keep our streets safe and
prevent an increase in recidivism,
the money-based bail bond system
must remain intact, SB 10 must be
overturned, and LA County's
disastrous zero-bail order should be
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