Target: Sheriff Jim Neil, Hamilton County Police Department
Goal: Remove the bail bond option of release for people charged with sexual assault and/or kidnapping.
A twenty-year-old man in Ohio has recently been arrested for allegedly holding a fourteen-year-old girl captive for months while he repeatedly raped her and impregnated her. This took place after the man, Cody Lee Jackson, had already been charged the previous year with the rape and kidnapping of two other women, one of whom was also a minor. He was free to commit the crime again because he was granted the right to post bail instead of spending time in a state facility. This man should not have had the option to post bail. Criminals like Jackson deserve to spend time in jail for their horrendous crimes.
Jackson met his allegedly new teen victim on Facebook just months after Hamilton County had charged him with abduction and kidnapping. Although he was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet that was under the supervision of the sheriff’s department, this bracelet did not stop him from committing more crimes. Once the teen was captive inside his apartment, he smashed her cell phone and ordered her to follow a set of rules, which included bathing him and having sex with him.
There is absolutely no reason this man should have been allowed on the streets to commit these atrocious acts after he was already charged with the same crimes. Insist that the option of electronic surveillance and bail release be removed for those charged with serious human crimes such as kidnapping and repeated sexual assault.
Dear Sheriff Neil,
I am deeply saddened by the recent case of a fourteen-year-old in Ohio who was allegedly raped to impregnation while held captive for months by Cody Jackson. One of the most devastating aspects of this case is the fact that the predator had recently been charged with the rape and kidnapping of two other girls. Jackson was released with an electronic surveillance bracelet instead of spending time in a jail cell.
Even with the bracelet, Jackson met his next alleged victim online using Facebook and brought her to his apartment by taxi. Once she was captive there, he broke her cell phone and demanded that she conduct sexual acts according to his specific rules. The failure to comply with those rules led to verbal or physical abuse. There is no reason that Cody Jackson should have been allowed on the streets to kidnap again after he had already been charged with the abduction of two other women. Please remove the option for bail release and electronic surveillance of those charged with serious crimes, such as abduction, murder, or repeated sexual assault.
[Your Name Here]
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