It is difficult to be more wrong than the WI State Journal was today when it editorialized against higher bail for repeat offenders.
“Higher bail for accused? Not so fast.”
After returning Darrell Brooks to the streets of Waukesha on low bail, the Milwaukee district attorney responded to legitimate outrage by throwing an underling under the bus for her supposed mistake. Our favorite Madison morning newspaper swallowed it whole.
Never mind that John Chisholm is one of that cadre of “prosecutors” who have been “reimagining policing” into record-setting crime waves. Progressive Democrats like Kim Foxx in Chicago (who wanted Jussie Smollett to walk), George Gascon in Los Angeles, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, and Chesa Boudin (godfather of San Francisco’s high-end merchandise smash & grabbers).
The only reason 16 Republican lawmakers are demanding that Chisholm be removed “is for partisan political advantage,” our daily newspaper alleges. How about, instead, to keep our streets safe for dancing grandmothers and parading children? Just maybe?
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne rides the same Woke crazy bus as Chisholm and the others.
How about some accountability?
The guy who rammed a stolen car at 91 mph on Mineral Point road into that of two young scholars, killing one of them and severely injuring the other 15 months ago, pleaded guilty today.
Our very own WI State Journal reports that Maurice M. Chandler, then 18, had been out on bail at the time of the 09-17-20 crash on charges including theft, identity theft, armed robbery, and stolen car. “Online court records show he had been released on signature or cash bonds ranging from $100 to $1,250.”
A former Dane County supervisor named Blaska is trying to persuade the Dane County Board to launch a program audit of bail in our criminal court system. Conducted by non-partisan outside experts, the audit would determine the relationship between low bail and repeat crime.
We noted that jumping bail in Dane County has increased 53% more than just two years ago. Over the last 10 years, six-fold! The county board resolution authorizing the program audit would read something like this:
Whereas, prosecutors in San Francisco, Milwaukee County, and here in Dane County are “reimagining law enforcement” by reducing or eliminating bail and by emptying jails — to the detriment of public safety. Therefore be it resolved: The Dane County Board conduct a program audit of bail granted in Dane County courts to determine:
• How many defendants granted bail subsequently were charged with additional felony crimes;
• Median average dollar amount of those bails;
• How many signature bonds and cash bails of $1,000 or less have been granted in felony charges during the last 12-months as compared to the same 12-month time period 10 years ago;
• The number of bail jumping charges issued for the most recent 12 months compared to same 12 month time period 10 years ago;
• The number of current defendants issued multiple signature bonds and/or bonds of $1,000 or less;
• Crime-to-population ratio in most recent period studied versus that 10 years ago for serious felonies.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Tell the entire county board HERE (members are up for election next April) you want an accounting of the relationship between low bail and repeat crime. Include a link to this blogge.