Press Release

Hertzberg Response to State of the Judiciary Address

In annual address, Chief Justice reiterates commitment to reforming California’s cash bail system

March 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement today in response to California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s annual State of the Judiciary Address:

“Today our Chief Justice echoed the words of Robert F. Kennedy, who once called our money bail system, ‘a vehicle for systematic injustice.’ His words ring true today as Ms. Cantil-Sakauye reiterated what her Pretrial Detention Reform Work Group concluded in October: the California money bail system is unsafe and unfair.”

This fall, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye commissioned a Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup Report, which recommended changes to the pre-trial release system and even went so far as to highlight concerns about how much the bail surety companies who insure bail bonds make, and what they are required to disclose.

Sen. Hertzberg and Asm. Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) are co-authors of SB 10, legislation that would reform the bail system to safely reduce the number of people being held in jail awaiting trial and ensure that those who are not a threat to public safety or at risk of fleeing are not held simply for their inability to afford bail.

The Chief Justice was an early voice among many who have joined the call to reform the current system, including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who announced last month that he would not seek an appeal to the First District Court of Appeal of California’s recent ruling that current bail setting practices are unconstitutional.

Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Press Secretary
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
(916) 651-4018

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