The Right to Bail, Does it Favor the Rich?

In california, as is the case in most states, the law allows for the right to reasonable bail for people charged with a crime. But what is reasonable? Shouldn’t the law take into account the financial position of the accused and use that to offset bail for the poor vs. the rich. Let us take the NY rape case against the IMF leader, he gets out by post a million dollars and is free, but what about the accused that is not as wealthy? Is that person a greater danger to the public than the rich counterpart? Should society feel any more protected in a case where a wealthy citizen posts a large bail bond and enriches a bondsman, when the poor person must languish in jail due to no resources. It’s time for a second look at the bail system in this country. The criminal justice system seems to treat the rich differently and this violates the equal protection clause of the constitution in my view. Your thoughts please.

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