Newell: Have we lost our minds?

Newell Normand
September 13, 2018 - 10:22 am

Subjects arrested for felony crimes of violence receive bonds of less than $1000.  Freed for so little…so quickly.  Is there a concern for public safety?

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  • One has to wonder if your safety, my safety, the community's safety is being taken to heart at all.  Is this just an overreaction to some things federal courts have identified as problems with the bail bond system?  What is this?
  • Bail should involve more than just looking at the instant charge.  That's important, but we ought to be looking at more than that.  We ought to be looking at what kind of threat the individual has been to society at large based on his or her criminal history.
  • Looking at a list of some of these cases, I see things that are very counter-intuitive.  We don't know all the particulars of each case, but here's what stands out to me. “Unauthorized of an inhabited dwelling.”   That person was released on their own recognizance. Under Louisiana law, the owner of this dwelling has every right to shoot and kill that person when they enter their home.  We have simple burglaries of inhabited homes with $500 bonds.  The homeowners have the authority to shoot and kill these people.
  • These are felonies that tend to shock the conscience.  People are supposed to feel safe and secure in their homes, but they don't.  They're being burglarized.  Then the people committing these acts are getting out on bail that's so low.  And we wonder why people are arming themselves?  And, why people are afraid to come forth as witnesses? 
  • When I was growing up early in my career, kidnapping was a big deal.  Here we have someone with three counts of kidnapping getting $150 bond.  Home invasion?  $300 bond. 
  • If you're one of the people fed up with the revolving door in the criminal justice system, this one will really set you off.  Intimidating or injuring or impeding a witness?  This defendant got a $200 bond.  He had previously been arrested for attempted armed robbery, theft, simple burglary, and battery on a correctional facility employee.  He goes back to his victim and tells him “you causin' me trouble, I'm going to kill you.”  That guy gets out on a $200 bond.  If that doesn't erode public confidence, I don't know what will.
  • I have 40 years in law enforcement, and it just doesn't make sense to me.  I'll just be kind here. I think we've lost our minds.

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