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California Considers Ditching Cash Bail System To Help Poor

January 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) – California lawmakers are taking a closer look at the state’s bail system. New legislation aims to change the entire pre-trial process.

“It’s a way to basically punish people and keep people in jail who are poor,” said Senator Bob Hertzberg, District 18.

Right now, bail is set after a person is arrested. The amount depends on a fee schedule that’s different in each county. Then, the accused person either pays upfront or pays 10% of the money to a bond company. State lawmakers believe that chunk of change could be too big for some Californians.

“You got people sitting there for months because they don’t have a few hundred dollars to get out of jail,” Hertzberg said.

Senator Bob Hertzberg has introduced SB10, an attempt to replace the cash bail system with another way to determine who stays in jail before a trial and who is released.

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