California Reparations Committee Pushes for the Abolition of Cash Bail
California’s reparations committee recently called for state officials to abolish cash bail and halt the prosecution of low-level crimes after giving the green light to a reparations payment plan to make amends for slavery and anti-black racism.
The committee is made up of nine members and was created by state legislation that Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020.
“The cash bail system is at the core of many of the class and race-based inequities in the criminal legal system,” the committee declared in its proposal.
“The task force accordingly recommends that the legislature take all steps necessary to definitively end cash bail.”
Government officials and prosecutors have contended that it’s unfair to low-income people who can’t afford it to pay cash for bail and have fought to abolish this requirement.
“Pretrial detention can last months and even years, during which incarcerated individuals suffer countless harms, including deteriorating mental and physical health, risk of sexual violence and lasting trauma,” the committee wrote in the statement.
“These harms exert significant pressure on defendants to accept plea bargains in order to be released from custody rather than fighting the charges at trial.”
Newsom described the recommendations as “a milestone in our bipartisan effort to advance justice and promote healing.”
“Dealing with the legacy of slavery is about much more than cash payments,” Newsom declared in his statement. “We are waiting for the process to be completed.”
According to a report by Eizabeth Dowell of The Epoch Times, The recommendations the committee approved call for restitution measures that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars in order to tackle historical disparities that exist in health care, housing, and policing.
“Many of the recommendations put forward by the Task Force are critical action items we’ve already been hard at work addressing: breaking down barriers to vote, bolstering resources to address hate, enacting sweeping law enforcement and justice reforms to build trust and safety, strengthening economic mobility—all while investing billions in rooting out disparities and improve equity in housing, education, healthcare, and beyond. This work must continue,” Newsom stated.
Colorado Congressman Lauren Boebert criticized the reparations program and described it as “a joke.”“The fact that supposedly serious people in San Francisco are considering a plan that would give $5,000,000 in reparations to every black resident in their city in a state that never had slavery is a joke,” Boebert posted on Twitter.
The committee also touched on the “over-policing” of African Americans prior to its call for the California state government to stop prosecuting low-level crimes.
“Given the devastating impacts of this kind of over-policing, the task force recommends that the legislature prohibit law enforcement from criminally enforcing public disorder infractions and other low-level crimes,” the committee stated.
“Instead, a public health and safety institution, without criminal arrest or prosecution powers, would enforce prohibitions such as sleeping on the sidewalk, fare evasion, spitting on the train, and similar transit-related or other public disorder violations that criminalize poverty,” the committee added.
California is the embodiment of woke policymaking. Its push for reparations just shows how fanatic its political class is when it comes to pushing for leftism and policies that dispossess the Historic American Nation.
Sane people would do everything possible to leave the Golden State.