Just one day after an alleged criminal was released on “inappropriately low bond,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) called for “government involvement” to stop the use of “excessive bail.” She and two other congressmen issued a letter to five district attorneys in New York City, asking for information on the bail terms utilized by prosecutors. They said that cash bail contributed to congestion in New York’s prisons, especially Rikers Island.
“It is not appropriate to condemn thousands of people to languish in an environment beset by ongoing overcrowding and growing violence while they await trial,” the letter adds. Darrell Edward Brooks Jr. is accused of crashing his red Ford SUV into a Christmas procession in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb. The shooting spree claimed the lives of five individuals and injured at least 48 others, with many requiring immediate medical attention at a nearby hospital. Brooks, who was named the main suspect by police, was released after posting a $1,000 bond earlier this month.
According to the reports, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has bragged about his restorative-justice approach to crime, accusing critics of an increased crime of spreading “fake information.” It’s a foregone conclusion. He told the Journal Sentinel that it “doesn’t discredit the entire strategy.”
Moreover, Brooks has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1999, ranging from felony handgun possession to domestic abuse. In his “Gender Equity and Equality” report, President Joe Biden emphasized the importance of improving the pre-trial system in addressing gender discrepancies. The Democratic Party’s far left isn’t the only one calling for cash bail to be abolished.
After being released on a murder charge, one accused domestic abuser was apprehended weeks later. Vice President Kamala Harris asked her supporters to give to a Minneapolis bail fund during the 2020 presidential campaign.