SACRAMENTO — Aloha. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” may live in Hawaii, but he worries about the grave threat to law-abiding Californians — not to mention the bail-bonds industry — if the state ends the bail system as we know it.
Duane Chapman, whose A&E series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” ran for eight seasons before its 2012 cancellation, has already flown to Sacramento to testify against legislation to reform the bail system in California.
In a new robo call delivered to roughly 800,000 phone lines, Chapman advises Californians to urge their local lawmakers to vote no on identical proposals — Senate Bill 10, by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assembly Bill 42 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, that could be up for floor votes next week.
The bills, as written, would replace county bail schedules with a safety and flight-risk assessment of pre-trial offenders, overhauling a system which the authors say “punishes the poor for being poor.” Courts would use bail only as a last resort so that those who can’t afford to pay a nonrefundable, 10 percent fee to a bail agent — $5,000, on average — don’t remain behind bars for that reason alone.
Dog isn’t buying it.
“You, the taxpayer, will pay to release this criminals,” he warns. “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.”
Don’t know who your local lawmaker is? No problem. “Press 1 right now,” he says, “and be…
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