The pandemic pushed Los Angeles County to instate a “zero bail” policy which issued a modified bail schedule providing “zero bails” for individuals accused of low-level offenses, infractions, misdemeanors, and some felony offenses as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections in pre-trial incarcerations and to reduce the local jail population. This zero-bail policy expired on July 1, 2022.
Beginning March 28, 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department started capturing the Zero-Bail Impact Assessment arrest data to track individuals who were previously arrested for a felony charge between March 2020 and the present, and were re-arrested for a misdemeanor, non-serious felony, or non-violent felony offense.
As of June 25, 2022, there were 649 reported Zero-Bail re-arrests. These cases involve:
The “Zero Bail” has been rescinded, the Department will be guided by the District Attorney’s Office and City Attorney’s Office and will work in partnership to protect the lives, quality of lives and the property of the citizens of the City of Los Angeles with the utmost integrity, accountability and transparency.