How has Covid-19 Impacted the Judicial System? These 3 Changes Will Surprise You!

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High levels of Covid-19 infection

Prisons are not known for practicing social distancing. It is encouraged for prisoners to be together so that they can be monitored. Social distancing in prison means that new facilities would have to be built to facilitate it — something that cannot be done on a whim. As such, infection rates in prisons have been high across the country with the state of Texas recording the most cases to date.

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$0 Bail System

In an attempt to alleviate the conditions in prison, the state of California issued $0 bail for those that have committed less serious crimes. This resulted in a spike of criminal activity and also posed the risk that a dangerous criminal might have been released. Many law enforcement officers see the bailing system as ineffective as they are having to arrest the same criminal multiple times for petty crimes. Recently, the state of California lifted the ban but the city of Los Angeles kept it — the reason for this is still not clear.

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Judicial Reform

In addition to the $0 bail system, there is also a reform in progress that is seeking to have perpetrators released with a minimum bail penalty to preserve the public health of the defendants and those appearing in court. While the health of the people must be given special attention, many citizens do not like the basis on which the reform stands. As such, they are calling for this reform to be removed from the 2020 state ballot.

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