Sacramento Bee

In California, poor people go to jail, rich people go free. How long will this go on?

August 28, 2017

BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Few issues are more urgently in need of attention from California lawmakers than bail reform. Every day, tens of thousands of presumably innocent Californians are sitting behind bars for no other reason than that they can’t afford the payment to go free.

They haven’t been convicted of a crime, but many of those awaiting trial will languish in county jails for months and even years. Some will lose their jobs while they wait. Others will lose their families and apartments. For them, time is of the essence.

But the wheels of government often turn slowly. We’re just happy that they’re turning at all on this unjust state of affairs.

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