During the COVID-19 pandemic, jails and prisons became hot spots for the virus. Inmates living in close quarters and in small spaces, made them highly susceptible to the virus. In April, the Judicial Council of California voted on an emergency order to temporarily end cash bail for most misdemeanor and lower-level felony cases to reduce the inmate population and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Unfortunately, on June 10, 2020, the Judicial Council voted 17-2 to let the emergency order expire on June 20, 2020. Despite the expiration of the emergency order, there is still an ongoing battle between those who would like to end cash bail permanently and those who want to keep the current system.
Supporters of the cash bail system argue that people released without bail have gone on to commit other crimes. However, the Judicial Council statement also claimed that crime rates remained at historic lows while the zero bail policy has been in place.
While crime rates tend to rise and fall, new cases of COVID-19 continue to increase. COVID-19 is still a threat worldwide and it appears to be incredibly irresponsible for the 17 members of the Judicial Council to vote against extending the emergency order. The order should remain indefinitely or at least until a vaccine is developed to eradicate this deadly virus.
If you or a loved one are serving a jail sentence in an Los Angeles County jail or juvenile facility this would be the time to contact our office so we can help you take the appropriate steps to work to obtain your early release from custody. In addition if you are facing a current criminal charge you should contact us so we can attempt to convince the court that you should not serve any time in custody due to your health or the risk it will be to your health to go into jail with the coronavirus pandemic potentially impacting the safety of jail facilities in Los Angeles County.
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