It’s no secret that liberals often take a soft stance on crime, some claiming that the bail system fails to represent justice by unfairly targeting impoverished members of society. When asked about a soon to be implemented no cash bail system in New York City in December 2019, newly sworn-in NYC Police Commissioner Dermot Shea responded, “The cash bail is not at heart of what concerns us, it’s the fact that when we have an individual that poses a danger to the community that’s arrested over and over and continues to victimize victims, that that person gets puts back on the street.”
In March of 2020, the Daily News reported that in January and February of the same year, 482 people previously charged felonies were released without bail only to be rearrested for new crimes 846 times. Mayor de Blasio directly attributed the substantial increase in re-arrests to newly enacted bail reform.
New York City isn’t the only city to suffer the consequences of the so-called “compassionate” policies adopted by the Left. KHOU 11 Investigates published its analysis of 407 capital murder charges in Texas’s Harris County earlier this month. Of those charged with murder between September 2016 and September 2021, seven capital murder suspects were charged with robbery, eight with assault, and three with another murder, all while out on bond. Houston Police Sergeant Larry Gibson said of the alarming findings, “Guys out on capital murder bonds, they just don’t have the fear. So they’re like, ‘I’m out on this. If I get caught, well, I’m already on bond for murder, what do I have to lose?’”
One victim, Martha Medina, age 71, lost her life when someone stole her purse and then ran over her with their car. At the time of the murder, the suspect involved had been released on bond on a previous capital murder charge. Another criminal responsible for the murder of Layla Steele in July of this year was out on seven different bonds when he shot and killed Steele, injuring also her 1-year-old son.
Local news outlet, Fox 26, reported this week that more than 150 people in Harris County have died at the hands of criminals released on bail, attributable in part to the short-sighted policies of liberal lawmakers and judges.