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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2015) -- Sen. Bob Hertzberg, right, is joined by Mike Herald of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, during a daylong workshop at the White House to share Hertzberg's views regarding how justice systems often criminalize poverty.
Titled “White House Convening: A Cycle of Incarceration – Prison, Debt and Bail Practices,” the event was hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice and included leading members of President Obama’s Administration. Hertzberg sat on a panel entitled “State and Local Perspectives: Defining the Problem and Highlighting Reforms” and reviewed how the U.S. justice system too often criminalizes poverty, with particular focus on fines and bail.
With help from Herald and WCLP, Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, in 2015 successfully pushed policies to help working families, strengthen the economy and increase public safety by making it easier for working Californians to live with rising costs for minor tickets.
His most recent win for workers came when Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 405, an urgency measure that took effect Oct. 1 and guarantees Californians the right to challenge many routine traffic tickets without having to first pay the contested fines. Learn more about Hertzberg’s legislation HERE. To watch a video of the hearing, click HERE: