A bill in the Ohio House would attempt to reform the jail system by basing bail off of a person’s risk to society rather than how much money they have. The ACLU likes the idea but says more should be done to stave off any bias.
Liberal and conservative groups both want changes in the criminal justice system. But when it comes to a new attempt to change the way bail is determined, the ACLU isn’t quite on board.
The bill would attach bail to risk, the lower a person’s risk, the lower the bail.
“But it could just bless the disparities that are already going on.”
The ACLU’s Mike Brickner says, for example, people who fail to appear in court for past offenses earn a higher risk assessment.
“When you look at the number of fail to appears, you’ll see more people of color, more low income people skewing that number.”
Brickner suggests having a list of lower level crimes that are pre-determined to not require bail, unless a prosecutor argues otherwise.