Fresno County implements new zero-bail order

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the North Annex Jail, a new zero bail order has been issued according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. (Courtesy of NomadSoul1/Envato Elements)

Fresno County has implemented a new zero-bail order for jails in response to concerns surrounding potential COVID-19 cases in the North Annex Jail in Fresno.

With more than 1,200 inmates in isolation, there is less room to move existing inmates and book new ones, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

The new order differs in its exceptions compared to the state order that expired June 20.

Crimes that are no longer eligible are human trafficking, elder and child abuse, auto theft for those with a previous conviction, hit and run, evading a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury.

In addition, a misdemeanor or felony charge alleged to have been committed when the arrestee had previously been released on their own recognizance, either by posting bond or through California’s emergency $0 bail rule, will not be eligible for release.

The new order may stay in effect for up to 90 days.

Michael Ford
Michael graduated from Fresno State in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism. During his time at the university, he served as sports and managing editor for The Collegian, Fresno State’s student-run newspaper. In addition to the Clovis Roundup, Michael has written for The Fresno Bee, the Kingsburg Recorder and Selma Enterprise. He has a passion for sports and can be found on the sidelines at local games, bringing the citizens of Clovis the athletics news they deserve.