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Governor Signs Legislation to Eliminate Money Bail System in CA

Governor Signs Legislation to Eliminate Money Bail System in CA

Proposition 54, backed by a wide array of civic groups and with $10.7 million in campaign financing from wealthy Stanford University physicist Charles Munger Jr., sought to curb mushroom bills by stating, "No bill may be passed or ultimately become a statute unless the bill with any amendments has been printed, and distributed to the members, and published on the Internet, in its final form, for at least 72 hours before the vote...." The California Money Bail Reform Act puts an end to our cash bail system which has its pro and cons.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 10 into legislation Tuesday, eliminating California's current bail system and replacing it with a risk-assessment algorithm.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye helped to write the legislation after studying the issue and determining the system was "was outdated, unsafe and unfair".

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The new law will go into effect on October 1, 2019.

The new bill would extend that ability to more people including school employees and co-workers. In negotiating a compromise with Brown and the California judiciary, she said, the authors of SB 10 abandoned those principles. SB 10 also introduces a process for the prosecution to file for "preventive detention", blocking the defendant's release pending a trial, if they believe there are no conditions that would ensure public safety or their appearance in court.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones worries the law will lead to more failures to appear in court.

The amendments caused the American Civil Liberties Union to withdraw support for the bill over concerns even more people will be incarcerated before trial.

Brown has yet to confirm he will sign the bill. It can not guarantee a substantial reduction in the number of Californians detained while awaiting trial, nor does it sufficiently address racial bias in pretrial decision making.

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David Quintana, a lobbyist for the California Bail Agents Association, said the industry is already mobilizing to block the new law from taking effect, though he declined to discuss the specifics.

The three said they hoped Hertzberg would follow through on a commitment to address racial bias in risk assessment. "We will work with lawmakers and our community partners to achieve that goal".

"Why would this body double-down and further increase costs on struggling California families?" said Steven Choi, R-Irvine.

California's new law is the latest development in the nationwide debate over bail, which many people say unfairly punishes people for being poor.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego, carried the bill on the Assembly floor Tuesday. It quickly cleared both the Assembly and the Senate and was on Brown's desk the following day. Atkins said lawmakers would resume work on the effort next year.

Brown vetoed a similar bill past year saying it was too soon to expand the existing law.

The city of Washington also has a cashless bail system, while some other states have approved laws curbing their reliance on the use of cash bonds.

Rogers is expected to hear more on this issue at a pretrial conference on September 7.


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