Hertzberg Responds to Attorney General Becerra’s Bail Announcement
Attorney General announces he will not seek an appeal to recent bail ruling; calls for reforms to California’s current bail system
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released a statement in response to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s announcement that he will not seek an appeal to the First District Court of Appeal of California’s recent ruling that current bail setting practices are unconstitutional.
In the January court ruling, the First District Court of Appeal of California stated that legislation is, “desperately needed” and mentions SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Asm. Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).
“Attorney General Becerra joins a chorus of leading voices calling for attention to this issue," said Sen. Hertzberg. "The findings of the Chief Justice’s Workgroup, followed by the First District Court decision, and now the Attorney General’s statement, together overwhelmingly make the case for bail reform, and for the passage of SB 10.”
The Attorney General added that, “decisions regarding who should remain in jail while awaiting trial should be based on their danger to the public, not dollars in their pocket.” Specifically, the San Francisco court emphasized the need for courts to consider non-financial alternatives to money bail that can effectively assure both court appearance and public safety. The risk assessment tool proposed in SB 10 is such an alternative, and would protect public safety without holding defendants simply because they cannot afford bail.
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Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
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