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.
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.