Most people in the Washington County Correctional Facility are there because they can't afford bail. Beginning the criminal process in this manner serves no public safety purpose, effectively punishes people for being poor, and pressures them to plead guilty. It costs Washington County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and enriches the bail bond industry.
As your DA, I promise to:
1) Recommend release for defendants unless there is a substantial risk of harm to an individual or the community.
2) Advocate for a neutral risk assessment tool that doesn't reinforce patterns of racial and socioeconomic disparity.
3) Support pretrial services that help people remember to return to court. For example, notification by phone or text. (Multnomah County in Oregon started using automated reminders for court appearances and reported a drop in no-shows of more than 30 percent and savings of more than $1.5 million in fiscal year 2007).
4) Publicly support the elimination of money bail.
5) Do not seek pretrial detention because a defendant missed a court date if he or she subsequently reports to court.
6) Where there are no alternatives to bail, support alternative methods of payment, like non-profit bail funds.
Eliminating cash bail has been proven to decrease jail populations, reduce recidivism, and save taxpayers money.
Regarding Kentucky's elimination of cash bail: Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet Criminal Justice Council, 2015 HB463 Implementation Report, October 2015, 3, https://justice.ky.gov/…/Statistical%20A…/2015KCJCReport.pdf.
Regarding a race-neutral risk assessment tool: "The Public Safety Assessment: A Re-Validation and Assessment of Predictive Utility and Differential Prediction by Race and Gender in Kentucky,” April 25, 2018, https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168452.
Regarding Cook County's Bond Reforms: Cook County State’s Attorney, “State’s Attorney Foxx Announces Major Bond Reform,” Press Release, June 12, 2017, https://www.cookcountystatesattorney.org/…/state-s-attorney…. The policy calls for releasing people on their own recognizance.