Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Legislature

House Judiciary Committee passes bail reform law named for Aniah Blanchard

Aniah Blanchard

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to give judges more discretion in denying bail to people accused of committing violent crimes. 

The bill is named for Aniah Blanchard, a 19-year-old Alabama college student who was kidnapped and murdered last year. The man charged with her murder, Ibraheed Yazeed, was out on bond for charges including kidnapping and attempted murder at the time he was arrested in connection with Blanchard’s case. 

Currently, judges can only deny bond in capital murder cases. The bill would allow judges to deny bail in cases involving certain violent offenses. 

Blanchard’s father, Elijah Blanchard, stepmother, Yashiba Blanchard, and mother, Angela Harris, spoke to the House Judiciary Committee today in support of the law. 

“This would not have happened to our child if this bill would have been in place,” Harris said. “We can save a lot of lives by doing this because, because with repeat violent offenders, they are going to repeat.”

If the bill passes the full House and Senate, it will appear on the ballot in November.

 

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

Jessa Reid Bolling is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter and graduate of The University of Alabama with a B.A. in journalism and political science.

DIG DEEPER

Legislature

The five-bill prison infrastructure and justice reform package will be in committee in the House on Tuesday.

Elections

If elected, it would be Brown's second term in the House of Representatives.

Legislature

The constitutional amendment would allow judges to deny bail to some defendants accused of violent crimes.

Legislature

The bill would require that a traffic offense be dismissed if the officer who wrote the citation is not present for the defendant's court...