Early Data Could Reveal Success of Los Angeles Zero Bail System

Challenging criticisms of the new zero bail system for certain detainees that went into effect October 1, the Los Angeles Superior Court released data showing that of the 1,213 of bookings that were subject to the new system in proceeding three weeks less than 3 percent were re-arrested after their arraignment, Yusra Farzan reports for LAist.

The data also show 40 percent of bookings were serious and violent offenses that automatically fell under the traditional cash bail system and more than 60 percent were temporarily held until arraignment. The evidence comes as more than 20 cities, including Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Cerritos, Downey, Lakewood, Torrance and West Covina have filed a joint lawsuit to end the policy and law enforcement officials, including L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna and LAPD Chief Michael Moore, have criticized the policy as being too soft on crime.

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