Press Release

Majority Leader Hertzberg Issues Statement on Safe and Resilient Communities Act

Majority Leader Hertzberg Issues Statement on Safe and Resilient Communities Act

September 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) issued the following statement on the Safe and Resilient Communities Act (SB 262) becoming a two-year bill:


“The road to equal justice for all is long but we're committed to taking the road that results in what all Californians deserve: a fair, safe and equitable bail system, free of industry greed.

“We will prevail because the presumption of innocence – the bedrock of our system of justice – remains fundamentally incompatible with a bail system that keeps Californians locked up who pose no threat to the public and who have been convicted of no crime, simply because they cannot pay what the bail industry demands.

“The State Supreme Court agrees with this and earlier this year, ruled that California’s cash bail system is unconstitutional. SB 262 simply provides a framework for the state to implement this ruling.

“We made real progress this year, thanks to Senator Nancy Skinner, our coauthors, Senators Steven Bradford and Scott Wiener, and our outstanding coalition partners - Californians for Safety and Justice, Western Center on Law and Poverty and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

“We’re not done yet with bail - not even close.”


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For more information, visit Senator Hertzberg’s website and follow @SenateHertzberg on Twitter.

Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg represents nearly one million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. Learn more at senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.