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Violent Crimes in California Tripled: See What Caused This Increase

Violent Crimes in California
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Violent crimes in California have been surging in recent years, with some attributing the rise to the state’s “zero bails” policy. The policy, which was implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allows suspects to be released from jail without posting bail. This has led to concerns that repeat offenders are being released back into communities and committing more crimes.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Crime Statistics for 2021, the city of Los Angeles saw a 47% increase in homicides and a 42% increase in shooting victims from January 1 to December 25, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. The report shows that there were 486 homicides in 2021, compared to 331 homicides in 2020, and there were 2,496 shooting victims in 2021, compared to 1,758 shooting victims in 2020.

Violent Crimes in California

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In San Francisco, ABC7 said the police department reported a 753% increase in car break-ins and an increase in violent crimes in California since 2015. NBC Bay Area added that there were 222 gun violence victims, 56 killings, and 2,242 robberies in the area last 2021.

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Violent Crimes in California Tripled: Zero-Dollar Bail to Blame

According to statistics gathered by the Yolo County District Attorney‘s office, hundreds of defendants were freed throughout the pandemic on zero-dollar bond bail being re-arrested in Yolo County alone, arrest after arrest, victim after victim. 

Yolo County District Attorney’s data showed last year that 420 of the 595 persons released on zero bails during the 13 months the policy was in place in that county—more than 70%—were later arrested again. 

It was widely thought that the Yolo County report attributed the demise of a zero bail measure to the surging violent crimes in California since it was mentioned on the floor of the California State Assembly.

CBS News said critics did point out that the initial research left several issues unresolved. Just the percentage of suspects who were freed on “zero bails” were identified. 

It did not provide a control group or give the average percentage of those who committed violent crimes in California who had to pay the bond. So, the authorities were unable to compare Yolo County’s 70% zero-dollar bail rearrest rate to what would have occurred had those suspects posted bond. 

But the officers now “can,” Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig said, to solve the violent crimes in California.

Resig told Fox News the effects of zero bail on violent crimes in California are horrifying and evident.

More individuals are being fired at, stabbed, attacked, robbed, and beaten, Resig underscored. He added these are actual victims, and the number of them is astounding with no bail.

Yolo County’s analysis comes after the District Attorney’s Office issued a similar research brief in August, which indicated that of the almost 600 persons given cash-free bail, over 70 percent went on to re-offend. 

However, National Review said supporters of zero bail were not persuaded, pointing out that the August study did not include a control group and simply examined individuals released without bond. The results of the current trial, which had a control group, were comparable.

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