Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has said that she is not enforcing the state’s stay-at-home order —because they are too busy trying to re-arrest the criminals who were freed with the zero dollar bail order.
Sheriff Mims asserted her position during a Tuesday interview on the Trevor Carey radio show.
“I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders. Is that your position?” Carey asked.
Sheriff Mims replied, “That is my position. 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.’”
Instead, the Fresno Sheriff’s Office is focusing on actual criminals.
“We’ve got our hands full trying to re-arrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail,” she told Carey.
On April 6, California implemented a policy setting $0 bail for suspects arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent charges to keep people out of jail during the pandemic.
“Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tony Botti said Thursday that 711 suspects in Fresno County have been released on zero-dollar bail since the policy went into effect. There have been 87 re-bookings of previously released suspects since then, he said, resulting in a recidivism rate of 12.5%,” GV Wire reports.