the White House stands by his urge to end the cash bail – and says the decision to detain defendants should be based on the threat they pose to society, rather than their ability to bail.
The issue of cash bail policies came into the spotlight this week after Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly plowed through a crowd of innocent people who attended a Christmas parade – killing six people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring dozens more.
“Ending the cash deposit will not automatically bring people charged with crimes onto the streets,” a White House official told Fox News. “It just means that the decision on whether to get bail should be based on the threat you pose, not how much money you have in your bank account.”
“There shouldn’t be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans,” added the official.
“Ultimately, however, it was a decision by the local courts,” the official said, referring to the Milwaukee District attorneys who released Brooks on bail.
Brooks had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1999, including several crimes. Brooks, a convicted sex offender, has bailed twice in Wisconsin this year – despite having an active warrant on a sex crime charge in Nevada.
Earlier this month, Milwaukee prosecutors only asked Brooks $ 1,000 bail after he was arrested and charged with slapping his girlfriend in the face and then running his car over in a gas station parking lot. Prosecutors now admit the bail was “unreasonably low”.
Brooks’ criminal history ranges from multiple firearm and battery convictions and strangulation to sex offenses and drug charges on a 50-page criminal record spanning three states.
Last month the White House released a 42-page report entitled “National Strategy for Gender Equality and Equality” calling for “work to end the cash deposit and reform our pre-trial system.”
The White House said the abolition of the cash deposit was a step governments can take to tackle gender and racial differences.
The calls to end the cash deposit come as FBI data shows an unprecedented surge in violent crime, with the number of murders in the US rising nearly 30% in 2020 – the largest increase in a year since the beginning of the Collection of statistics by the FBI was recorded.
The overall rate of violent crime, which also includes assault, robbery and rape, increased 5% in 2020 compared to 2019.
A letter from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, included in the report last month, argues that reforms are needed to promote equality and deserve equal treatment. “
“This strategy outlines an ambitious agenda for this government and those to come – a roadmap to help our nation close harmful gender gaps and move us into a world of equal opportunities for all,” the letter said. âIt is not just a moral imperative to ensure that all people, regardless of gender identity or other factors, can achieve their full potential. It’s a strategic necessity. “
Darrell Brooks first appearance in Waukesha County court
Biden responded to the attack, saying the entire Waukesha community was “dealing with horrific acts of violence.”
The president said families gathered at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday to mark the “beginning of the time of hope,” but said that “hope and Spirit will rise up the victims of the tragedy.”
“My government is monitoring the situation very closely,” said the president on Monday.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House is “in close contact with local officials to provide any assistance and assistance it needs”.
âOur hearts are with families and the entire community,â she said.
Michael Ruiz of Fox News contributed to this report.
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