California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed into law a bill that will eliminate the bail system for those awaiting trial.

"It can not guarantee a substantial reduction in the number of Californians detained while awaiting trial, nor does it sufficiently address racial bias in pretrial decision making", said the three executive directors of the California ACLU affiliates, Abdi Soltani (Northern California), Hector Villagra (Southern California) and Norma Chávez Peterson (San Diego & Imperial Counties). Judy Woodruff interviews Marisa Lagos of public television station KQED, which has covered the story. That means people charged with crimes will no longer have to pay cash - not tens of thousands of dollars, not one dollar - to get out of jail as they await their trials.

While some lauded California's bill for ending predatory lending practices, others have criticized it. Opponents of the 100% renewable bill warned that electricity prices would go up if the state relied too heavily upon intermittent solar and wind before energy storage improves. That could potentially create a patchwork system based on where a suspect lives.

Other states such as New Jersey and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although neither state has completely eliminated bail.

Senate Bill 10 will go into effect in October 2019 and replace the current bail system with a "risk assessment" procedure that will determine whether a suspect is released.

"Our path to a more just criminal justice system is not complete, but today it made a transformational shift away from valuing private wealth and toward protecting public safety", said state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, said in a statement.

In U.S. states, defendants are released if they can arrange payment of a cash bond, which a court can hold until the legal case is concluded.

California will end the cash bail system in a sweeping reform for the state.

The judge said her decision was tied to recent reforms that set a high bar for holding suspects without bail. But if crime rates escalate, for whatever reason, no one should underestimate the political temptation that will gain renewed strength to maximize incarceration again, no matter how unequal, unjust, or remote from the actual causes and consequences of lawbreaking.

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