The most horrible message from the adults was delivered when the cowardly gang of girls was released without bail. THAT in the long run is more terrible than the crime. It teaches people in the inner city that there are no consequences to bad behavior, and makes it dangerous for the people who are law abiding.
:::released without bail.:::
And all 5 will melt back into the gang-land population, never showing for their trial date unless/until they get busted for something in the future.