Rapper 50 Cent Says 'LA Is Finished' After City Abolishes Bail

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July 11, 2023

Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson said Los Angeles is "finished" after it reinstated a zero-bail policy.

"LA is finished," Jackson said in an Instagram post last week with a clip of a news segment about the policy. "Watch how bad it gets out there."

The famous rapper was responding to a May ruling by a Los Angeles County judge preventing the city and county from requiring cash bail from anyone charged with a misdemeanor or non-violent felony, meaning many criminals will be quickly released. The judge, Lawrence Riff, called cash bail for poor defendants "a clear, pervasive, and serious constitutional violation."

The city last had cash-free bail during the pandemic to get some offenders out of jail. The policy expired last summer, but the new order reinstates it until later this month. The order came in response to a lawsuit that claimed people who couldn't afford to post bail faced poor conditions in jail.

The measure is similar to a policy in New York that largely eliminated cash bail, allowing a small group of criminals who commit a large amount of theft in the city to not spend time in jail.

Jackson's response to the policy comes as the city struggles with crime under a George Soros-funded district attorney. The city saw an 11 percent increase in its crime rate in 2022.

District attorney George Gascón is sitting on a backlog of 10,000 cases because his woke ideology and "toxic" management style have pushed many in his office to leave, sources who have worked for him told the New York Post in May. More than 120 prosecutors have left since Gascón took office, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Members of Gascón's office alleged earlier this year that he ignores how his policies let cases surrounding child sex crimes, domestic violence, and sexual assault double during his tenure. Valerie Cole, a prosecutor under Gascón, said in a 2022 internal memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon that the office was fielding "more than twice as many" such cases than normal with fewer staff members. Cole said the office would continue to suffer a "loss of reputation" if the trend continues.

Published under: Crime , Los Angeles