A new bail law passed in New Jersey in January – intended to reduce the “strain” on the state’s prison system – has allowed an illegal alien with a criminal conviction to go out and repeat his crime.
Under the new law, offenders who are determined “not likely” to commit another crime or fail to show up for trial are set free. It intentionally does not consider race or ethnicity, nor does it appear to consider immigration status.
Douglas Baudriz-Diaz, an illegal alien in New Jersey, was arrested for burglary on May 22, after he was spotted breaking into a South Plainfield, New Jersey home at 1:30 a.m by climbing through a window into a garage.
He was reportedly booked into the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center at 8:30 a.m., and was being held on an ICE detainer warrant due to his illegal immigration status, but then was turned loose later in the day, at 3:30 p.m. under the new Bail Reform Act.
The South Plainfield Police Department posted an updated on their Facebook page with details of the arrest.
According to the police update, Baudriz-Diaz didn’t waste any time with his new-found freedom, hitting up another home at 8:00 p.m. that same night. There he made a mistake, leaving behind his release papers from earlier in the day, with his name right on it.
He was then listed as a wanted person, but was not caught again until being arrested for yet another burglary in progress on May 29.
Police say he is a suspect in another four burglaries in South Plainfield. Under the old bail guidelines, he would have been held on a bail of between $10,000 to $50,000.
When asked in comments under their Facebook update if Baudriz-Diaz is being released again, the South Plainfield Police Department responded with, “We won’t know and have no control over that. He’s in Somerset County’s hands now.”
The police department posted a story on May 23 about the new Bail Reform Act that stated, “Nobody’s afraid to commit crimes” due to the new law.
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