California sheriff won't enforce lockdown order: 'Hands full trying to rearrest' accused criminals

The sheriff of Fresno County, California, said she is unable to enforce the state’s stay-at-home order because she’s too busy rearresting accused criminals who were released due to the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.

“I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders,” Sheriff Margaret Mims was asked in an interview on the Trevor Carey Show, according to Breitbart News. “Is that your position?”

“That is my position,” Mims responded. “We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place. We don’t ask those questions. We don’t ask if they’re 'essential.' We’ve got our hands full trying to rearrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail. So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”

In 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 10 into law, which made California the first state to abolish cash bail for pretrial incarcerations.

It was estimated that 7,000 bail bond industry jobs and 3,200 small businesses would be lost when the bill went into effect, according to the Sacramento Bee.

On top of the prisoners being released on bail, the state of California has been releasing inmates from jail, including "high risk" sex offenders, in a move it says is aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.

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