At a point and time in our political environment when gun control is dominating the headlines, you would think that if an opportunity presents itself to truly promote gun safety one would take advantage of it.
Our county taxpayer funded Pretrial Service has a different idea. We are tracking a repeat offender by the name of Jakieran Harris (PID# 410665). Jakieran is 20 years old with current charges are larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and felony conspiracy. His bond was set at $40,000 secured which means he would either have to come up with the whole $40,000 or pay a bail bondsman 10% of the $40,000 to be bonded out.
Our taxpayer funded Pretrial Service saw things differently. Although Jakieran has been arrested 10 times in the last 3 years for charges of burglary, possession of a firearm by a minor, breaking and entering, carrying a concealed weapon, cutting off his electronic monitor, probation violation, possession of stolen goods an resisting a public officer, Pretrial Services doesn’t consider him a risk to public safety.
If he doesn’t qualify as a public safety risk, who does? Allowing someone bond conditions is a constitutional right, however, it is perfectly legal to consider past behaviors when considering bond conditions. Pretrial Service is failing the community when it comes to protecting us. They just sent a clear message to the offender that you can commit a crime in our community and not have any monetary skin in the game as part of his release conditions. If someone could potentially lose a lot of money if they reoffend some would say that it could be a deterrent to more criminal behavior. Jakieran has already cut-off an electric monitor in the past in which wearing one was part of the conditions of his release. He also has violated his probation which is another condition of his release.
With all of these factors how can anyone in their right mind find it appropriate to release someone who evidently has no regards for our laws? One of the biggest factors in the Pretrial Service policy is to consider “If the defendant is a threat to community safety or self.” Did these actions by Pretrial Service pose a risk to our community safety? You be the judge.