Legendary rapper 50 Cent has claimed Los Angeles is “done” after the city’s zero bail policy was reinstated.
In May, a Los Angeles judge ruled that forcing inmates to post cash bail when they can’t afford it is a violation of their constitutional rights, and now critics have said crime in the nation’s second-biggest city has worsened because of it. .
The 48-year-old hip-hop rapper wrote on social media: ‘LA is over, look how bad it gets. SMH (shaking head).’
He posed the words next to a Fox 11 segment on politics.
Just weeks ago, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Riff ruled in favor of a group of six activists who filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging that the old system favored the wealthy.
Rapper 50 Cent claimed Los Angeles is ‘done’ after the city’s zero bail policy was reinstated
All of the plaintiffs say they have been wronged under the cash bail system.
They testified that because they could not pay their bail, they missed work, causing their families suffering.
Being incarcerated for even short periods of time can cause them to lose their jobs, their housing, or custody of their children.
They suffer the damages of confinement in a jail cell despite the fact that a large portion of them will never be formally charged with any crime, let alone convicted, a section of the lawsuit reads.
Riff noted in his decision that he felt it was unconstitutional to keep people behind bars simply because they are poor is not a legal form of punishment.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Los Angeles County eliminated cash bail to help with overcrowding issues.
The current ruling will remain in effect for 60 days during which the city and county must develop a “constitutionally sound, effective and concrete” plan for handling those arrested for misdemeanors.
Those who commit a second offense while awaiting trial on other charges will be subject to cash bail when re-arrested.
The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office said the effects of the policy have been “horrific.”
He told Fox News Digital: ‘I mean, we have more people getting shot, stabbed, assaulted, robbed, beaten. These are actual victims, and the numbers are staggering under zero bail.’
The May ruling came just as Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon was accused of allowing up to 10,000 cases to pile up and prompting the resignation of numerous prosecutors.