The name Duane Chapman may not ring many bells, but most Americans know who Dog the Bounty Hunter is. Chapman’s reality television show followed his life as a bounty hunter, chasing down people who had skipped out on their bail. So it’s not surprising that he would have strong opinions on changes to the bail system.
California lawmakers are considering two bills that would replace county bail systems with safety and flight risk assessments instead, with the bills’ sponsors saying that the current system “punishes the poor for being poor”. Bail would be used as a last resort only so that people who can’t pay the non-refundable deposit to a bail agent won’t be kept in prison simply because they can’t make bail.
Chapman lives in Hawaii, but he couldn’t resist weighing in on the proposals. “You, the taxpayer, will pay to release these criminals,” he said. “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.”