A far-left philanthropist who has been called “mini-Soros” is allegedly behind bail reform laws across America, including the one in Waukesha County, Wisconsin that freed career criminal Darell Brooks on $1,000 bail before he allegedly plowed his SUV into participants of the Waukesha Christmas Parade.
Brooks was charged with six murders and a litany of other crimes after the attack, which also injured dozens more.
The shocking crime, combined with Brooks’ lengthy rap sheet, left many Americans wondering how Brooks could have been freed on bail, thus allowing him to commit the crime.
A report in Legal Newsline claims to have the answer.
According to that outlet, a left-wing billionaire philanthropist from Houston named John Arnold created the calculation tool adopted in counties nationwide – including Waukesha – that sets bail for alleged criminals.
Arnold and his wife Laura were once called the “Mini George Soros‘” for their work on left-wing causes, including anti-Second Amendment initiatives, government-run healthcare, propaganda through supposed journalistic endeavors, and “the gamut of far-left causes.”
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation operates an initiative called Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR) which uses nine factors to create a “Public Safety Assessment” (PSA) score and assess the risk of an alleged criminal in order to help decide whether that alleged criminal should be allowed bail.
- Age at current arrest
- Current violent offense
- Current violent offense and 20 years old or younger
- Pending charge at the time of the arrest
- Prior misdemeanor conviction
- Prior felony conviction
- Prior conviction (misdemeanor or felony)
- Prior violent conviction
- Prior failure to appear in the past 2 years
- Prior failure to appear older than 2 years
- Prior sentence to incarceration
Each factor has a point total, and the total for the alleged criminal is added up and, by use of weighted scales, used to determine the likelihood that an alleged criminal will commit another offense before trial, and whether the alleged criminal will appear at trial.
That assessment apparently failed in Brooks’ case.
The site, which has a whole page dedicated to lambasting America as a racist country, explains that the PSA is meant to help minorities in the criminal justice system.
“Institutional racism permeates our society, including our justice system. In the United States, black, brown, and poor people are jailed at much higher rates than others,” it says. “These disparities devastate the lives of the people impacted and undermine the integrity of our system of justice.”
APPR is currently doing research in an attempt to implement its bail guidelines in Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta.
“Fulton County is a large jurisdiction with a complicated court system. Its jail is characterized by overcrowding and significant racial disparities among individuals booked into the jail,” the group says. “In 2015, 26,079 people were booked into the jail. It had an average daily population of 2,511, with a significantly higher representation of nonwhites than the larger community.”
It adds that “[s]takeholders are seeking ways to safely release more people pretrial and ensure pretrial detention is effectively and appropriately used.”
The group also operates a Pretrial Practitioner Network (PPN), comprised of “judges, law enforcement representatives, prosecutors, defense lawyers, pretrial services professionals, and court administrators” who facilitate its work.
PPNs are present in Cleveland, Ohio; Volusia County, Florida; Pima County, Arizona; among several other locales nationwide.
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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “John Arnold” by Arnold Ventures.