Local judges often have important decisions to make about the accused criminals standing before them: Will they allow them to be released on bail or even without needing to pay bail? Now, these judges have less information to help them make decisions.
“As of Oct. 1, arraignment judges in San Diego County no longer receive risk-assessment reports on each defendant,” VOSD contributor Kelly Davis reports. The reports, which include lots of details about the pasts of defendants, are the victim of cost-cutting.
As a result, a judge tells us, he’s “trying to make judgment calls on very limited information.” His own decisions are limited too: Cost-cutting has also eliminated the prospect of allowing defendants to be released without bail but with certain conditions.
• An investigation by The Guardian names Central California’s Kern County — home to Bakersfield — as the home of the nation’s “deadliest police”: “They’ve killed more people per capita than in any other American county in 2015.”
San Diego County is in a three-way tie for 10th place as the deadliest county in the country based on the per-capita number of people killed by police locally this year. The Guardian counts 12 deaths at the hands of police here. Keep in mind that these numbers say nothing about whether the killings were justified.
(San Bernardino County is at No. 2, and Santa Clara County — home to San Jose — is at No. 4, and L.A. County is tied at 10th.)