Duane “Dog” Chapman is no stranger to speaking his mind. He has most-recently spoken out against bail reform, something that will negatively impact his career, and, in his view, fail to keep others safe from criminals.
The laws aim to keep people who commit misdemeanors from being held under cash-only bail and having judges review bail determinations in an expedited fashion, with some states moving it from 30 days to 14 days.
“This is not working,” Chapman said in the teaser for his appearance, seen below. “The criminals are taking over.”
The reality star “strongly opposes” the laws according to the episode summary, saying it “favors criminals over the safety of the general public.”
He insists that that the policy change puts the financial burden on the taxpayer.
“You, the taxpayer, will pay to release these criminals,” Chapman said in an interview with Mercury News. “Car thieves, burglars, sexual predators, and repeat offenders will get out of jail with little accountability, and we will not be able to go after them when they run.”
Chapman publicly grieved the passing of his wife, Beth, last June.
“I freaked out at some of the stuff she showed,” Chapman admitted. “I’m like ‘Honey, are you sure?’ She said, ‘Absolutely.’ Her goal was to beat this thing and to show people how to do it. Of course, she didn’t, cancer won, but she wanted to show her fans, her family and everybody what to do if something like this should happen to them. I was amazed at some of the stuff she showed the camera.”
Chapman has since used his prior stardom to bring attention to issues like the controversial bail reform policy.
It is difficult to say whether Chapman’s efforts will be persuasive to a mass audience. In 2007, he came under fire after a private phone conversation between him and his son, Tucker, was leaked to the media. In it, he disapproved of his son dating a black girl, and could be heard saying racial slurs several times.
His hit show was, Dog: The Bounty Hunter cancelled by A&E despite his public apology.
“I am a lot happier with her around,” Duane said during the interview, with Angell beside him. However, a source told PEOPLE Magazine that the marriage was not all that it appeared to be.
“Moon has been a family friend to Beth and Dog for years,” the source said. “Since Beth’s death, she has stepped in to help Dog in his time of need. There will never be another Beth.”
Chapman may comment on this, but will certainly have more to say on the bail reform bill when his full episode on Dr. Phil airs on Tuesday, March 3rd.