Re: “Lower bail for DUI than for killing a dog?” (letter, 1-29).
The writer has no idea what bail is or why it is set at a particluar level.
To begin with, we have this odd thing called a Constitution. Washington has one and so does the United States. It provides that people are not guilty of anything until after they are convicted. In fact, they are actually innocent until convicted.
Secondly, the purpose of bail has never been to punish an offender. That is what sentencing is for after a person is found guilty.
Bail is the amount the court …