A person walks into a pharmacy and hands the cashier a note saying, give me the money and drugs. But across the street, another person walks into a pharmacy, points a gun at the clerk’s head, and says, give me the money and drugs.
Are both crimes above created equal? Should the bail for both individuals be the same?
Logically, the person branding the gun should receive a higher bail amount than the person with the paper note. But under a proposed law, Senate Bill 262, both cases would be treated the same, with a lower bail amount.
California State Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) calls SB 262 the Safe and Resilient Communities Act of 2021. But there is nothing safe about this legislation, and with more criminals released from jail because of SB 262, our communities will have to be resilient to survive.
SB 262 would create a one-size fits statewide bail schedule which would limit bail enhancements on serious crimes. Those enhancements include several high-level cases such as serious violent felonies such as rape, murder, kidnapping a person to commit a sexual offense, kidnapping a child under 14, serious felonies against the elderly (rape, murder, etc.), knowing inflicting injury to a pregnant woman with intent to terminate a pregnancy, etc.
Under SB 262, the California Judicial Council would develop the bail schedule, headquartered in ultra-liberal San Francisco. The one-size-fits-all bail schedule would be applied evenly throughout the state, even though the people of Alpine County, with a population of 1,100 people, have different crime problems as Los Angeles County.
This legislation is terrible for our criminal justice system, law enforcement, neighborhoods, and families. It’s no wonder 9 million people voted against this idea, and it makes you wonder what’s really behind the motives for SB 262.
Common sense says AB 262 makes no sense.