ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Zero bail is a fail when it comes to public safety, that is the opinion of officials at one Bay Area detention facility.

Those officials told KRON4’s Haaziq Madyun releasing inmates has lead to a recent spike in crime

“We’re catching people with guns, with stolen vehicles and we’re turning them around and releasing them out the door, hours later and they’re doing it again,” Alameda County Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

It has been about a month since the state of California ordered a zero bail schedule, releasing thousands of low level offenders from jail for health and safety reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now officials at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin say some of those former inmates are responsible a recent crime wave in the East Bay.

“At least in Alameda County we are seeing a lot of car thefts, we’re up to three, four, five vehicle pursuits a day, just in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, burglaries and thefts are through the roof,” Sgt. Kelly said. “Since we have been dealing with the pandemic we have been keeping track of re-offenses. We’ve had over 50 people be rearrested. We have one individual leading the pack probably national with seven re-arrests.”

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