At least 70% of the Capitol rioters have been released as they await hearings, although the national average is only 25% of federal defendants typically released before trial.
Experts say many of the Capitol defendants are being released ahead of trial because they are facing relatively low-level charges, though other factors — racial bias anyone? — maybe in play.
“I’m both surprised and not surprised. Most of these people are white,” said Erica Zunkel, associate director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. “The majority of people in the federal system are people of color.”