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WAFF Investigates bond ranges across different crimes

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Jack Bryant faces two counts of enticing a child to enter a vehicle and has a $5,000 bond. Jack Bryant faces two counts of enticing a child to enter a vehicle and has a $5,000 bond.

WAFF is asking why suspects accused of sex-related crimes against children often have lower bonds than some people facing drug charges. WAFF made the discovery when checking the bond amount for a man arrested on an enticing charge.

Jack Bryant faces two counts of enticing a child to enter a vehicle.

According to Huntsville Police, a passerby followed the suspect until police arrived, questioned Bryant, and took him into custody. Bryant's two charges are Class C felonies and he has a $5,000 bond.

Alabama state law requires anyone charged with a Class C to have a bond between $2,500 and $15,000. A Class-A felony, which includes things such as manufacturing or trafficking drugs, has a range of $5,000 to $1.5 million.

National Children's Advocacy Center's Chris Newlin acknowledged just because someone is charged doesn't always mean they did the crime. But he wants to make sure that a sex predator doesn't get out after committing a crime against a child.

"We care about protecting our kids and one way you help protect kids is if you have someone who has been engaged in potentially criminal activity a higher bond might prevent them from being able to hurt other children," said Newlin.

State Representative Mike Ball weighed in and doesn't think the law needs changing. Ball said criminal bonds aren't supposed to be treated as a penalty and that every Alabamian is entitled to a bond other than a capital murder suspect. Ball wants discretionary options because not every crime is the same.

"You've got to give flexibility to judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement to be able to have a range where they can make it match," said Ball. "Sometimes it'll be too low and sometimes it might be too high."

Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard agreed with Ball and added that constitutional right to a bond also means it can't be excessive.

"Everybody has heard you are presumed innocent until proven guilty," said Broussard.

Jack Bryant has failed to make his $5,000 bond as of Tuesday night. 

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