Following the recent arrest of two Milwaukee area males, ages 17 and 22 years old, on charges of first degree reckless injury, armed robbery and child abduction, separate judges handed down vastly different bail amounts. The 17-year-old was released on a 10,000 cash bail while his partner remained in jail with a $201,000 bail.
The fact that the minor was released on such a low bail following a crime which included car jacking a vehicle with an infant still inside and in light of the wave of violent crimes sweeping the area, the community has responded with renewed anger over the local criminal justice system.
In a statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one judge stated that bail is really about making sure a defendant returns for their day in court, not to punish. When determining bail, judges consider such things as a defendant’s background, seriousness of the charge, prior criminal record and his or her ties to the community.
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Source: Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, “Teen Charged in Crime Spree Spurs Bail Debate”, by Ashley Luthern, June 17, 2016.