Sen. Bob Hertzberg calls for upending bail system

Sen. Bob Hertzberg tells the “California State of Mind” podcast he’s in a renewed push to end cash bail for nonviolent crimes.

May 3, 2021

In November, California voters rejected Prop. 25, which would have replaced the state bail system with algorithms to help judges determine a defendant’s risk. 

Five months later, the state Supreme Court ruling turned the tables and gave anti-bail activists a resounding win: The high court ruled that defendants can’t be held in jail solely because they can’t afford to make bail.

It was a dramatic reversal, but Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat, wants the laws to go further than the court’s ruling – Hertzberg and Assembly Democrats have proposed eliminating bail for every defendant accused of nonviolent crimes.