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The White House stands by its push to end cash bail – stating that the decision to hold the accused should be based on the threat they pose to society, not their ability to pay bail.
39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr., the subject of cash bail policies, came to notice this week after plowing into a group of innocent people attending a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six people, including an 8-year-old boy, and tens of thousands more injured.
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“Cash bail termination does not automatically put people accused of crimes off the streets,” a White House official told LBL. “This means that you get bail should be based on the threat you pose and not how much money you have in your bank account.”
“Wealthy Americans should not have a separate criminal justice system,” the official added.
“Ultimately, it’s a decision made by local courts,” Milwaukee County Prosecutors said in reference to the release of Brooks on bail.
Brooks has had an extensive criminal history since 1999, including numerous crimes. A convicted sex offender, Brooks posted bail twice this year in Wisconsin – despite having an active warrant for bail in Nevada on charges of sex offense.
Earlier this month, Milwaukee prosecutors sought a $ 1,000 bail for Brooks, who was arrested for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face and then driving her with her car in a gas station parking lot. Prosecutors now admit bail is “unduly low”.
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Brooks’ criminal history ranges from multiple firearms and battery offenses and strangulation to a 50-page rap sheet spanning three states, to sex crimes and drug charges.
Last month, the White House released a 42-page report titled “National Strategy for Gender Equality and Equality,” which called for work to “end cash bail and improve our pre-trial system.”
The White House has said the elimination of cash bail is one step governments can take to address gender and race inequalities.
FBI data shows an unprecedented rise in violent crimes, with calls for an end to cash bail, with the number of murders in the US rising by nearly 30% in 2020 – representing the largest single-year increase since the FBI began tracking statistics.
The overall violent crime rate, which includes assault, robbery and rape, is up 5% in 2020 compared to 2019.
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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who included in the report last month, argued that reforms were needed to promote equality, saying that the idea that “each of us is equal in dignity” is “not entirely alive”. And deserves to be treated equally. “
“This strategy outlines an ambitious agenda for this administration and for the coming – a roadmap to help our nation close the gaping gender gap and lead us towards a world where all people have equal opportunity,” the letter reads. “It is not just a moral requirement to ensure that all people, regardless of gender identity or other factors, have the opportunity to live up to their full potential. This is a strategic imperative.”
Biden commented on the attack, saying that the entire community of Waukesha is “struggling to cope with the horrific violence.”
The president said the families gathered at the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday for the “start of a promising season”, but said “hope and spirit will lift the victims of disaster.”
“My administration is very sensitive to the situation,” the president said Monday.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the White House was “in close contact with local authorities to provide any support and assistance needed.”
“Our hearts are with families and the entire community,” he said.
Michael Ruiz of LBL contributed to this report.