County Will Use Taxpayer Money To Bail Inmates Out Of Jail

King County taxpayers will foot the bill to bail low-income inmates out of jail.

King County, WA – King County plans to use $400,000 in taxpayer dollars to help low-income inmates get out of jail.

The money would help secure funding for the pretrial bail reform plan from June 1 until December 31 of 2020, KIRO reported.

Other than being low-income, it was unclear what criteria might be required in determining which offenders will receive the get-out-of-jail-free funds.

The King County Department of Community Health Services (DCHS) released a Request for Proposals for Pretrial Bail for Indigent Individuals on Thursday.

The DCHS announced that it is “pleased” to release the request for proposal, which it touted as being evidence of the county’s drive to “advance its commitment to equity, social justice and [to] support the public well-being.”

“King County will be appropriating funds to an organization that remits payment of pretrial bail, with a specific emphasis on indigent individuals,” the release read. “Successful applicants will provide bail for indigent individuals who would otherwise spend their pretrial time in jail, causing undue burden and costs for King County and the individuals.”

DCHS said that the county hopes that the bail funding program will “prevent the personal and familial instability” caused by offenders being incarcerated, and that it will “facilitate equitable access to justice” for low-income people.

The county also believes that the program will lower the county’s jail costs, according to DCHS.

DCHS did not mention any potential safety risks created by the program, nor did it discuss the reasons behind pre-trial incarceration.

The privately-funded Northwest Community Bail Fund is currently providing bail for low-income offenders in Snohomish and King Counties who are not simultaneously charged with offenses in outside jurisdictions, KIRO reported.

A bidder’s conference for the grant is slated to take place on Tuesday.

Comments (29)
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LynnSB
LynnSB

Have you Ignorant MF'ers Lost your Minds ????

Richmac
Richmac

Who thought this was a good idea? There are reasons for keeping people who commit crimes in jail. If you're doing this for non-violent offenders who don't have the money for bail, you could save the county the entire $400,00 by doing away with the bail requirement completely. It's stupid to require a bail you know the defendant can't pay and then have the county pay for their bail so they can be released. How about giving them an appearance ticket for court instead?

Thomasengine
Thomasengine

When they don't show up for court, how much are you out?? Talk about stupid!!

FSchloss
FSchloss

This is funny. But then, Washington residents are just about as stupid as California residents. They voted these jerks in, and it'd really difficult to feel sorry for them.

NW tinner
NW tinner

Maybe the should just close all the jails to save more money huh, let all the criminals go free. Yes they have completely lost their minds here!

Dmos1357
Dmos1357

So exactly what incentive does the person have to show up for court???

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Since the late 70's our system here has had a "Pre-Trial Release" program. Employees of the court system interview inmates of certain crimes and log their response to many questions set-up by the court. The results are scored and if a sufficient number of points are scored the inmate is released without bail under certain conditions. Questions like employment, residence, etc are asked. If a person violates conditions of release they go back to jail. This keeps people from sitting in jail and taking space when arrested for relatively minor offenses. No one is actually obligating taxpayer funds for their release.

Alt-center
Alt-center

And once again, King County and Seattle make the decision to kill a once great city. At what point does WA State just run them out?

RPG156
RPG156

That is Stupid AF. Might as well release them on their own recognizance, it accomplishes the same thing and saves that taxpayer money. The program likely has a democratically-appointed administrator and staff overseeing it.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Do they NOT understand the purpose of bail? That the defendant will lose bail money if they fta? So what incentive would it be to return to court? Just dumb, dumb, dumb. When are they going to start holding criminals for being criminals?

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

This one sentence says it all: "The county also believes that the program will lower the county’s jail costs, according to DCHS." This is all they care about. Screw the victims or their families.

Caddis
Caddis

This county has lost its mind in its efforts to advance socialism so they can stay in power by pleasing the dumb people who elect them.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Holy crap!! Who the f--k is running this city?? Are they really this stupid??? This coddling of criminals is getting totally out of control!!

69marine
69marine

This has to be something a Democrat came up with! It's not bad enough that the payers are more than likely the victim's of the crimes these POS are locked up for! Now they have to pay for their bail on top of it, talk about getting slapped not once but twice. I guess the Democrats just want to make sure that they get out as fast as possible so they can commit more crimes. What stupid idea!

shaun1066
shaun1066

Equality??????? just not for the victims.......... this will mostly go to securing the release of illegal aliens let right back onto the streets to be arrested for new crimes

Wasiechu
Wasiechu

So $400,000 for a year. Then, at the end of the year there will still be $400,000 in the fund right? With a bail bondsman, people go after the criminal bail jumper and either bring him back or collect the money. The city isn’t going to do this. Which means the city money that’s been forfited will go where? Not back to the bail fundi hope.

sturnman22
sturnman22

You can't fix stupid.

POed WA Res
POed WA Res

Prevent the "personal and familial instability”. That was caused by the criminal or illegal act in the first place. Don't blame the jail for the inmates stupidity. Blame our Seattle liberal fools in the city and county council - all socialists or at the very least far left democrats.

MargFast
MargFast

Let's give them needles and maybe even drugs, let's let them live where they want and put their garbage where they want, let's let them poop on the sidewalks, let's let them do crime without much consequence - and hey, let's bail them out with taxpayer money!

spider14
spider14

So just make a criteria for an OR bond. Putting a cash bond on someone to ensure they show up for a court appearance, with money that isn't theirs, how is that going to work? Bond or no bond the ones that would vs the ones who wouldn't show up for court regardless if bond is posted. Stupid is what stupid does

mrd183
mrd183

So I would be expected to bail myself out because I am a person of means. This is discrimination.