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Tonight: Deschutes County DA weighs in on bail process, repeat offenses

John Hummel: No way to predict if released suspect will commit another crime

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- For people in jail, possible freedom comes with a price. That price -- the bail amount -- might not always seem to match the alleged crime, in the view of others.

NewsChannel 21's Rhea Panela spoke recently with Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, who weighed in on some suspected violent offenders getting low bail amounts or being released from jail without having to pay bail.

Hummel says whether a person is released depends on three things: the type of crime they are charged with, whether they pose a danger to the public, and whether they can afford to pay bail.

NewsChannel 21's Rhea Panela will have more details about the bail process in her special report. It airs tonight on NewsChannel 21, starting at Fox at 4 and KTVZ at 5/6.

If you believe you were a victim of a violent crime, you can find resources on the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Victims' Assistance website.

Central Oregon / Crime And Courts / Deschutes County

Rhea Panela

Rhea Panela is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Rhea here.

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6 Comments

  1. Ha Ha what a joke let the ****** out to just do it again He needs to go we need someone that cares about the People of Bend/ Redmond/ Sister’s & La pine also you don’t search for a body in a suite at the local dump like he did

  2. “If you believe you were a victim of a violent crime, you can find resources on the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Victims’ Assistance website.”

    You mean people have to look it up to see if they were a victim of a violent crime ?
    It should be very simple. Either you were or you weren’t…

  3. Isn’t it interesting that the bail amount being too high or not enough seems to have direct correlation to how close to the victim we are? And of course if we are friends with whoever got arrested then law enforcement is picking on them for no real reason…..

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