In Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno wants bail reform. But it’s not the type you may think – far from wanting to see “reform” that lets more people out of jail without financial conditions, Sarno wants to make sure that prosecutors can actually appear what they consider to be “low” bail rulings. He’s pushing for this reform in an effort to clean up the streets, and it appears he has quite a bit of support in the community.
Low Bail is Killing People
It’s tough to overstate this point. Duryl Hale, pictured, is currently one of the three suspects in the shooting at Knox Street Market. That incident resulted in the death of the store owner’s wife. Hale was released from prison on September 10, 2016 – he served that time for armed robbery.
Sarno was so vexed by the current state of things in his beloved Massachusetts that he took to expletives to make his point, noting:
When are our courts going to realize that these repeat violent offenders don’t give a ‘sh-t’ and have no respect for life?
In February, 2016, Hale admitted to four counts of armed robbery, having used a knife to threaten his quarry. He was also charged with one count of armed assault with the intent to rob. The 2016 conviction was the second for armed robbery for Hale. He was also arrested in 2014, as an 18-year-old, but didn’t serve any time in jail.
Tough on Crime
Leaving now doubt as to where he stands on the issue, Sarno added:
It turns my stomach that another ‘choir boy’ repeat violent offender, Duryl Hale, is left to walk and terrorize our streets! Now a mom is dead and a son is seriously injured.
For those keeping track at home, Hale’s bail was set at $100,000 for the most recent offense. Hale denied the charges at his hearing last week.