Prominent Professor Teams Up to End Cash Bail in Los Angeles

Aryeh Cohen, the Rabbi and Rabbinic Literature Professor at the American Jewish University,  is joining the fight against the use of cash bail in Los Angeles, California and other major cities in the United States. In April, Cohen teamed up with other religious officials in filing a lawsuit against the County and City of Los Angeles, in addition to the Los Angeles Police Department. 

In May, a judge ordered a preliminary injunction that resulted in the reinstatement of a county prohibition on the use of cash bail that was first implemented during the Wuhan virus pandemic. Before its expiration in July 2022, the prohibition on cash bail applied mainly to individuals arrested for misdemeanors such as theft and drug use to lower the supposed overcrowding taking place inside of prisons.

In Los Angeles alone,  the overall crime rate increased by 11% from 2021 to 2022.

In July, rap superstar 50 Cent went viral when he declared that LA was “finished” making a reference to the May reinstatement of LA’s no-bail policy as set forth by the preliminary injunction.

“LA is finished,” 50 Cent posted on Instagram in response to the news. “Watch how bad it gets out there. SMH [shaking my head].”

In an op-ed that Cohen recently wrote for the Los Angeles Blade, he contended that cash bail is not only “unconstitutional,” but also “unjust.” 

“Our criminal legal system is tainted. It is broken. It is unjust,” he asserted.

“The point of our lawsuit is to stop the practice of keeping people in jail before they have been found guilty of any crime just because they cannot pay the amount of money that is set by LA’s uniform bail schedules,” he added.

Cohen said to Campus Reform that, “I got involved in the lawsuit because I am appalled at the fact that people are kept in jail in terrible inhumane conditions without having been convicted of any crime, just because they cannot pay to go home.” 

He also proclaimed that “the existence of cash bail has been associated with an increase in recidivism,” and that “[t]here is no crime wave in New York.” 

However, Courtney McLain of Campus Reform noted that the total  crime rate in New York City in 2022 was 31.1% higher than in 2021. In a similar vein, the violent crime rate increased by 18.2% than in 2021.

The ending of cash bail is one of the pillars of the anarcho-tyrannical state that the US Left is imposing nationwide. It should be categorically opposed by any sane individuals who believe in the rule of law.

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