This article is written by a reporter who covers federal court for Houston Chronicle. She has been in criminal justice and legal affairs for over two decades. She centers around the ideas of others and specifically the judges rule, Judge Rosenthal. The author also addresses how Harris county has been trying to make changes to the bail system by making it based on threat to society rather than if a person can afford bail or not. Rosenthal, along with Harris county, believe the bail system is discriminatory and indefensible. Judge Rosenthal seems to have been following along to how other states are dealing with the bail system. This judge is recognized for having a “perfect” reputation and has been working with criminal justice for quite a while. She was also appointed to being district judge at the ends of 2016. This means that Rosenthal was now able to feel the bail system first hand as a judge and finally was able to take action against it. Also, not only is she experienced with criminal justice but seems to be a Democrat since none of the 15 republicans judges support her ideas and only democrats do. Thus, her motive for ruling the bail system unconstitutional helps underserved people, which is what democrats typically do.
This editorial is by the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, a New Jersey editorial. The author, who is not revealed, argues that the recent bail reform that was issued on January 1st in New Jersey is not making society unsafe. This reform was made to fix an issue seen in the way the bail system works. It allowed the judge to release a person on pre-trial if they were to have a misdemeanor. The author does not believe that releasing a sex offender and a man caught with $50,000 worth of heroin is making the society unsafe. Throughout the article, the author justifies the decisions of the jury by addressing the flaws in the original bail system and how this new reform in New Jersey is a better alternative. This author made it clear that states are looking for a solution to the issue that judges should release people based on their threat to society. The author of this editorial comes from the Star-Ledger Editorial Board which seems to be a democratic organization, since most of the editorials are anti-Trump supporters and many articles embraced Hillary Clinton in the election. It seems very clear that the author has been influenced by the board in believing that the reform issued on January 1st was the best decision, since Democrats are typically on the side of those who are impecunious.
This editorial is written by Cherise Fanno Burdeen,the executive director of the Pretrial Justice Institute. She defends her perspective on how the bail system is not complying with “no excessive bail”. This author takes into consideration that some people are only held in prison for at least three days, but also explains how some people can be in there for weeks or even months. She provides examples of how people are affected by being incarcerated. She goes from giving small issues of losing a job to committing suicide. The author agrees with the fact that the bail system is corrupt since most of her explanations appear to be from a personal perspective and backs it up with statistics. Cherise Fanno Burdeen, like stated before, is the executive director of the Pretrial Justice Institute and is recognized for fighting for social justice for the last 20 years. Thus, she has experience in the pretrial are since in 2006 she joined the Pretrial Justice Institute, she has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues. Since she has experience, she is more credible because she has seen what the bail system has done to people with misdemeanors. Also, since she works for an institute that strives to help the bail system, she has been influenced into working to make the bail system better and siding with the ones getting the worst side of the bail.
This editorial is by Jack Hunter a Rare politics editor and previously a radio host. Hunter mentions the ruling in Harris county Texas and presents his ideas on the ruling very obviously. He believes, just like Rosenthal, that the bail system is unconstitutional and unjust. He does so very clearly, which allows the reader to see what side he is on. He presents much empathy for the people who are unfairly bailed by saying that the poor are in constant war and that the bail system is “sickening”. Jack Turner is a well recognized man who used to be, as mentioned before, a radio host. He had a slip up in his reputation when he had espoused racist comments on the South Carolina radio station where he was racist towards hispanics and Kweisi Mfume. He then tried to justify his comments in 2013 but it was not exactly successful. The ones who are bailed too high are the poor, and usually, the poor is made up of people of color. This means that Hunter could have possibly written this editorial with such empathy in order to “make up” his reputation when saying racist comments against hispanics and Kweisi Mfume.