The name Duane Chapman may not ring many bells, but most Americans know who Dog the Bounty Hunter is. Chapman’s reality television show followed his life as a bounty hunter, chasing down people who had skipped out on their bail. So it’s not surprising that he would have strong opinions on changes to the bail system.
California lawmakers are considering two bills that would replace county bail systems with safety and flight risk assessments instead, with the bills’ sponsors saying that the current system “punishes the poor for being poor”. Bail would be used as a last resort only so that people who can’t pay the non-refundable deposit to a bail agent won’t be kept in prison simply because they can’t make bail.
Chapman lives in Hawaii, but he couldn’t resist weighing in on the proposals. “You, the taxpayer, will pay to release these criminals,” he said. “Car thieves, burglars, sexual predators and repeat offenders will get out of jail with little accountability, and we will not be able to go after them when they run.”
He also flew to Sacramento to testify against the legislation, and also recorded a robo-call which was delivered to 800,000 phone lines in California. The bills are up for floor votes next week, and Chapman is urging voters to contact their local lawmakers and encourage them to vote against them. He even made it easy for people to speak up, even if they don’t know who their local representative is. “Press 1 right now, and be connected to their office to voice your opposition,” he says in the call.
Some people, however, think that Chapman isn’t as worried about the threat to taxpayers as he says he is, and instead, is looking to protect the bail bonds industry — and his job. But Chapman insists that this would be a huge safety risk for Californians.
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Source: Right Wing News