Bail reform advocates remain silent on Darrell Brooks’ $ 5M bail at Waukesha Parade


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Most prominent bail reform advocates did not respond to LBL’ requests to comment on Darrell Brooks, Jr., $ 5 million cash bail suspected of the Waukesha Christmas Parade vehicle killing five adults and a child.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm was released from jail on a $ 1,000 bail called “unduly low” when Brooks plowed his SUV into a Christmas parade crowd on Sunday. Critics say the bail reform efforts of the Liberal District Attorneys have enabled the disaster.

LBL reached out to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, The Marshall Project, The Brennan Center for Law and Justice, The Bail Project, the SC Justice Group and the ACLU, seeking comment on whether these bail reform agencies considered Brooks’ bail too high or too high. Less. None of them responded to a request for comment.

Wakeeshaw Parade suspect Darrell Brooks meets ‘progressive’ prosecutor on ‘unduly low’ bail

Insha Rehman |, Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships at Vera Institute of Justice, did not comment on the adequacy or lack of a bail figure, but said that “a system of forecasting, monitoring and monitoring” would address concerns. Ability to be free when suspects like Brooks become a danger to society.

Darrell Brooks is taken out of the courtroom after making his initial appearance Tuesday at Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Center, Wisconsin.
(Via Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel AP)

“The problem with our money bail system is money,” Rehman said in an interview with LBL on Wednesday. “Money is not the best determinant of whether someone is safe when released on pre-trial.”

“The best way to make pre-trial decisions about whether people are going to be released is to actually build a proper system of pre-trial services,” argued the bail reform advocate, “overseeing, monitoring, supporting and listing services.”

He argued that a better system of proactive services “could have prevented the tragedy in Waukesha.” Such a system would include an “assessment of the individual’s needs.” In Brooks’ case, the judge considers “issues around stability, concerns about his mental health, and certainly his anger and ability to handle violence.”

On November 22, 2021, police cleared the remains after a driver plowed into a Christmas parade on Downtown's main street in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

On November 22, 2021, police cleared the remains after a driver plowed into a Christmas parade on Downtown’s main street in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
(Jim Wondruska / Getty Images; Wisconsin DOJ)

Rehman argued that “all his problems could have been addressed in fact.” “The fact that the victim was in danger of being harmed or injured again in this case are factors that the court must consider when deciding whether to arrest someone.”

Rehman argued that even under current Wisconsin law, “the prosecutor could have requested pre-trial detention and the court could have imposed it, but they chose not to.”

Five adult victims were killed in the Waukesha Parade attack.  The sixth victim, it was a child, was declared in court Tuesday.

Five adult victims were killed in the Waukesha Parade attack. The sixth victim, it was a child, was declared in court Tuesday.

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