Aloha, I’m A-1 Nick with A-1 Bail Bonds. In this issue of jail mail, we’ll discuss:
- Mayors and prosecutors urge Ige to veto HB 1567
- City Prosecutor Alm acknowledges need for pretrial reforms and offers solution
- Rep. Scot Matayoshi, who introduced the measure, reverses course and endorses veto.
- DA Chesa Boudin Recalled
Gov. David Ige Urged to Veto Bail Reform Bill
Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm, Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino, Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami, and representatives from the Honolulu Police Department joined forces last week to urge Gov. David Ige to veto HB 1567, the bill which would eliminate cash bail for some nonviolent, low-level offenses.
Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm acknowledged the need for pretrial reforms and offered one solution; invest more in the judiciary to have more judges available to evaluate each case quickly.
“I think they’re things that we can all look at and come up with a new system. But it’s got to be one where we have input from the police, you have input from the courts, from the legislators, from the City Council and try to come up with a real holistic approach,..because this is an issue that’s not going away.”
-Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm
Rep. Scot Matayoshi, who introduced the measure at the state Legislature, has turned an about face and asked Ige to veto the bill because of the public safety concerns raised by the community.
"I don’t want us to pass bad law. So if this had come up during the committee hearings, we could have dealt with it...it’s obviously too late now … So I think the right thing to do at this point is for the governor to veto the bill, which is what I requested. And for us to go back and see if something can work in the future.”
-Rep. Scot Matayoshi
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Chesa Boudin Ousted as San Francisco district attorney in historic recall
Tuesday, voters in San Francisco recalled DA Chesa Boudin. Boudin implemented the country’s most pioneering experiments in criminal justice reform: he eliminated cash bail, vowed to hold the police accountable, and worked to reduce the number of people sent to jails and prisons.
Boudin trailed by about 20 percentage points the night of the election, with around 60% of San Franciscans who cast ballots voting to recall him.