Brother of California murder victim speaks out against zero-dollar bail: ‘My sister is … a statistic’

Sacramento man says

A study from the District of California found that a zero-dollar bond resulted in hundreds of deaths Criminals are back on the streets Committing more crimes A Sacramento resident who lost his sister to a brutal murder in 2021 said he wasn’t surprised by the results.

And the study, which was conducted by the Yolo County District Attorney in California, showed just that 70% of the accused He was released free between 2020 and 2021 after re-offending and was twice as likely to commit a new offense as those who had to post bail. In addition, suspects were three times more likely to be re-arrested for a violent crime under zero bail than to be required to post bail.

“I mean, frankly, it shocks the conscience to think that so many of the new crimes were committed by people on zero-dollar bail, all new victims,” ​​Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Resig told American Reports in August. “This is what I thought, the new victims created as a result of this policy.”

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Dan Tibbets’ sister, Mary-Kate, was murdered in her Sacramento home in 2021. He said she was the victim of a “perfect storm” of dangerous legislation: California’s Prop 57, Parade 47, and zero-dollar bail. Prop 57, passed by voters in 2016, allowed early release for nonviolent offenders. Proposition 47 was an initiative approved by voters on the November 2014 ballot that shifted felonies to specific low-level drug and property offenses. Sacramento police have arrested 57-year-old Troy Davis on suspicion of murder. He was a parolee with a violent history, and was also charged with assault, with intent to commit rape and arson for allegedly setting Mary-Kate’s house on fire.

“Sister, I am sad to say, it’s a statistic of all these bad legislation and bad policies and political agendas,” Tibbets told Fox News Digital.

Dan Tibbetts says California's 57th prop, 47th bid, and zero-dollar bail all had a hand in the murder of his sister, Mary-Kate.

Dan Tibbetts says California’s 57th prop, 47th bid, and zero-dollar bail all had a hand in the murder of his sister, Mary-Kate. (Fox News Digital)

Tibbetts said Davis was released “a very short time” from his sentence for a prior offense as a result of Proposition 57. He committed more offenses when he was released under Prop 57 in 2018, most recently auto theft, an offense which was decriminalized under Prop 47. Finally, he was released on zero bail, with what Tibbetts called a “pinky oath” that he would return for his trial.

the California Judicial Council In April 2020, he implemented the statewide emergency bail schedule, or “zero bail” policy, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers rescinded the $0 bail order in June 2020, but some counties have kept the policy in place.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” Joe Gamaldi, national vice president of Fraternal Police, told Fox News Digital of Yolo County’s findings. “We knew bail reform would be an unmitigated disaster. And this study, along with others, just proves what we’ve known all along.”

“So I think when you do bail reform, the activist bailiffs, the rogue prosecutors, these judges who aren’t quite doing their job, they’ve incorporated the fact that we’ve treated law enforcement like crap for the better part of a decade into this and it’s not hard to see why we’re witnessing Just a huge crime wave in America.

Joe Gamaldi says he wasn't surprised a study in Yolo County, California, found that 70 percent of defendants who were released free between 2020 and 2021 had reoffended and were twice as likely to commit new crimes.

Joe Gamaldi says he wasn’t surprised a study in Yolo County, California, found that 70 percent of defendants who were released free between 2020 and 2021 had reoffended and were twice as likely to commit new crimes. (Fox News Digital)

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However, the Bail Project disputed the Yolo County study, arguing that it contained “many samples and methodological errors” that obscured the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on crime. The national nonprofit provides free bail and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people each year to demonstrate the possibility of a more humane, fair, and effective pretrial system, the group explains.

Tara Watford, chief data officer for The Bail Project, told Fox News Digital. The terms of the COVID-19 release were “zero dollar bail” without historical precedent.

“The form of administrative release that the Yolo study examines — where people were released automatically, without any individual assessment, and without any mechanisms to ensure they are linked to valuable and critical supportive services that can keep them safe and free from harm during the pre-trial period — is unlike the type of bail reform procedures success that we have seen across the country without affecting public safety,” added Watford.

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Watford continued: “We know that reducing the use of financial release clauses, when part of comprehensive pre-trial improvements, does not lead to an increase in crime.” “The Bail Project has secured the release of nearly 30,000 people nationally through the payment of bail and connecting them to voluntary social services such as court reminders, transportation to and from court, housing assistance, and treatment for addiction and mental illness. More than 90 of these clients return to court % of the time. Our work proves that the pre-trial system can work properly, and the public can stay safe without the use of cash bail.”

Barbed wire and a guard tower at San Quentin State Prison on April 12, 2022 in San Quentin, California.

Barbed wire and a guard tower at San Quentin State Prison on April 12, 2022 in San Quentin, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Reisig’s office responded by pointing to data from the California Public Policy Institute that showed crime decreased during the COVID-19 period in California.

To illustrate, the Yolo Zero Bail study simply examined the reoffending rates of a random sample of detainees released from custody on zero bail during the COVID period compared to a random sample of detainees, of similar demographics and crime types, who had been released from conventional bail custody during an earlier period. And because crime was actually lower during the COVID period, Yolo’s recidivism study may have reduced recidivism rates for those on zero bail during other periods.”

Jamaldi acknowledged that the conversation “should be” about bail, noting that the cost was “ridiculous” for example, the mother paying $5,000 to steal a loaf of bread.

He said, “But what we should have done was take a scalpel to our bail sector and make sure we fixed some issues. But instead, they took a sledgehammer.”

Argue back to basics.

“We need to embrace the broken windows theory,” he said. “We need to aggressively prosecute violent crimes, which includes giving them high bond amounts when they pose a significant risk to society. We need to make sure that we fund and support law enforcement in our communities to make sure we have officers who do their work. And we need to make sure that the criminal justice system He fully understands what’s happening on our streets right now. We can’t go on with this revolving door criminal justice system.”

“We should not be afraid to lock up dangerous people,” he added. “This is not rocket science.”

Bail reform sparked controversy in other parts of the country. New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently proposed a partial rollback of state bail reform laws. In 2019, lawmakers ended cash bail requirements for many criminal charges as a way to address inequities in the criminal justice system. But the rise in crime in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some to scrutinize these changes.

Hochul proposed giving judges more discretion to set bail in violent felonies and higher-level misdemeanor cases. Her plan would remove a provision requiring judges to impose “less restrictive” release conditions to guarantee a defendant’s appearance in court, which she says judges have interpreted differently across the state.

“All I’m trying to do now is remedy this discrepancy in the law,” Hochul said He said of her proposal. And by focusing on serious crimes, I think we should be able to build support.”

Tibbets, who said his sister’s death would “haunt him forever,” said his defense today is to speak out against policies he considers dangerous.

“He’s just being honest, saying, ‘Hey, we’re the faces of the families of the victims who are paying for this ridiculous policy,'” he told Fox Digital. “There are serious repercussions from doing these things.”

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He continued, “My proponents would say, well, it all looks great when polished—prop 57, 47, and zero bail.” “But guess what? It’s actually a lot darker than what they say. There are repercussions. That’s life. The lives of innocent people who’ve been victimized to get these bad guys out of jail or jail.”

“My sister’s death will haunt me for the rest of my days,” said Tibbets. “But why am I speaking frankly not to honor my sister–it may be, but that’s not what I’m out for–what I’m out for is, if I can help one person, than having to bear the fate my sister has suffered, it’s all worth it.” It’s about preventing more senseless murders like my sister’s.”

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