Las Vegas Justice Court Chief Justice Suzan Baucum says protesters arrested Friday night who posted bail will have the bail voided and their money returned.
Baucum blamed miscommunication between a jail supervisor and a pretrial release supervisor for protesters “being subjected to bail when they would have been released under the administrative order.”
Orders in place at the jail, one to facilitate a lower population and another to prevent the spread of COVID-19, allow jail personnel to release certain misdemeanor offenders on their own recognizance.
“Whereas, due to a clerical error, various defendants posted bail, or had bail posted on
their behalf, in lieu of being released on recognizance; and WHEREAS, the Court finds that the interests of justice mandate that these bail amounts must be refunded;” Baucum wrote in a separate order issued Monday.
Baucum says judges were unaware some 80 protesters who were arrested were being required to post $1,000 bail on a charge of Failure to Disperse.
“I found out at about 10 a.m. Saturday and have been working to sort it out since,” she said.
On Saturday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Assistant Sheriff Chris Jones told the Current that jail personnel had not violated orders and that the protesters could have been released without bail if they had waited.
Bail was not assessed to protesters arrested after judges discovered the practice Saturday.