BAIL REFORM: SB 10
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT ON BAIL REFORM
Click on the video above to watch Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announce their final proposal to eliminate money bail in California.
Read the press release and article below to learn more about the proposal:
SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today revealed an updated proposal to eliminate the current system of money bail in California.
SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, will instead establish a new system for determining a defendant’s custody status while they are awaiting trial – based not the defendant’s ability to pay, but instead on an assessment of their public safety risk and other factors.
“Since we introduced this bill nearly two years ago, I have lived and breathed bail reform,” said Senator Hertzberg. “Currently, we have a system that punishes people and takes away their liberty, simply because they have less money. That’s not fair, and it’s not protecting public safety. The point of this bill is to treat people as people, and to consider their public safety risk and their flight risk on an individual basis.”
“The jailhouse door shouldn’t open and close based on how much money you have in your pocket,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “Under SB 10, California will become the first state in the nation to abolish the predatory money bail system and replace it with an individualized risk-based system. This is real reform that will provide far greater justice and far greater safety.”
Under the proposal, defendants will be held only if they are a risk to public safety or a risk to flee or miss their court date. Recommendations for non-monetary release conditions, such as GPS trackers, electronic home detention, or a number of other proven methods, would instead be made in place of money bail.
By Sophia Bollag
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would be the first state to completely end bail for defendants awaiting trial under a proposal unveiled Thursday that would create a new system to instead jail people based on their risk level.
The plan calls for most suspects arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors to be released within 12 hours of being booked, while those facing serious, violent felonies would not be eligible for pretrial release.
Courts and the state's Judicial Council would have wide latitude to determine whether to release other suspects before trial based on the likelihood they'll return to court and the danger they pose.