There shouldn’t be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans, says White House official
The White House stands by its effort to end cash bail – saying that the decision to hold defendants should be based on the danger to society, not their ability to grant bail.
The topic of cash bail policies made headlines this week when 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly solved a crowd of innocent people attending a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six people, including an 8-year-old. happened. old boy, and dozens injured.
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A White House official told Granthshala News: “Abolishing the cash bail will prevent people accused of crimes from taking to the streets.” “This means whether you get bail or not should be based on the threat you present, not how much money you have in your bank account.”
“There shouldn’t be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans,” the official said.
“Ultimately, though, it was a decision made by the local courts,” the official said, referring to Milwaukee County prosecutors releasing Brooks on bail.
Brooks had an extensive criminal history since 1999, which included multiple crimes. A convicted sex offender, Brooks posted bail twice in Wisconsin this year — despite Nevada having an active warrant to jump bail on a sex offense charge.
Earlier this month, Milwaukee prosecutors requested only $1,000 in bail for Brooks after he was arrested and accused of punching his girlfriend in the face and then driving her into a gas station parking lot with his car. was alleged. Prosecutors now admit that the bail was “unreasonably low”.
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Brooks’ criminal history ranges from multiple firearms and battery sentences and strangulation to sex offenses and drug charges on a 50-page wrap sheet spread across three states.
Last month, the White House released a 42-page report titled “National Strategy on Gender Equality and Equality,” which called for work to “end cash bail and improve our pre-trial system.” had gone.
The White House said eliminating cash bail is one step governments can take to tackle gender and racial disparities.
Calls to end cash bail come as FBI data shows unprecedented rise in violent crime, with US homicides rising nearly 30% in 2020 – the single largest recorded since the FBI tracked the figures -Represents year’s growth.
The overall violent crime rate, which also includes assault, robbery and rape, increased by 5% in 2020 compared to 2019.
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A letter from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, included in the report last month, argues reforms are needed to promote equality, saying the US has “never completely” lived up to the idea that “Each of us is equal in dignity” and deserves equal treatment.”
The letter said, “This strategy outlines an ambitious agenda for this administration and those to come – a roadmap that helps our nation bridge the harmful gender gap and gives us equal opportunities for all people.” leads the world with.” “Ensuring that all people have the opportunity to live to their full potential, regardless of gender identity or other factors, is not only a moral imperative. It is a strategic imperative.”
Biden reacted to the attack, saying that the entire Waukesha community was “struggling to deal with horrific acts of violence.”
The president said families gathered at the Waukesha Christmas Parade for “the start of the season of hope” on Sunday, but added that “hope and spirit are going to lift the victims of the tragedy.”
“My administration is monitoring the situation very closely,” the president said on Monday.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House is “in close contact with local officials to offer any assistance and assistance.”
“Our hearts are with the families and the entire community,” she said.
Granthshala News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.