Sheriffs Office and Bail Bondsman respond to California Money Bail Reform Act

Saturday, 01 Sep, 2018

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California will become the first state in the nation to abolish bail for suspects awaiting trial under a sweeping reform bill signed by Gov. "Our old system of money bail was outdated, unsafe, and unfair".

The new law will go into effect on October 1, 2019.

It gives officials 24 hours to determine whether a suspect should be released before trial. Other states including New Jersey, Alaska and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although no other state has completely eliminated bail.

The legislation directs the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board to adopt policies and requirements to achieve total reliance on renewable energy and zero-carbon resources by 2025. Rather, SB 10 will require court employees or contractors to carry out assessments of defendant's risk to public safety and the likelihood they will miss a court date while awaiting trial.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones worries the law will lead to more failures to appear in court. Jerry Brown, who would have a month to sign it. "Neither can SB 10 provide sufficient due process nor adequately protect against racial biases and disparities that permeate our justice system". 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.

California lawmakers have begun tightening a law that prosecutors say could have freed serious felons who completed two years of mental health treatment.

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Padilla said he now has 14 employees. Despite arguments that the current bail system only favors the wealthy, Padilla believes she does help people of all backgrounds. CACJ is entrenched in our pursuit of a fair system that will enable individuals to be returned to their families, employment, and daily lives pretrial.

"As much as we would welcome an end to the predatory lending practices of the for-profit bail industry, SB 10 can not promise a system with a substantial reduction in pretrial detention", according to the ACLU.

The revised bill sailed through the Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 16 and advanced to the Assembly floor on the August 20, just after the amendments were adopted. It returns to the Senate which must agree to changes made in the Assembly.

"We've bailed people out with hardly any money down", said Padilla.

Environment California even purchased a full-page ad in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times featuring a blown-up copy of an open letter from former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, appealing to both Democrats and his fellow Republicans to pass the bill.

Other states have been watching California as they weigh overhauling their bail systems, said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, who works on criminal justice issues for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Rogers is expected to hear more on this issue at a pretrial conference on September 7.

Washington, D.C., already has a cashless bail system. The judge may want to go forward with the trial or briefly postpone the trial. He said he didn't know how they would fight SB 10 but he know people are looking into ways to do it.

The California law, if passed, will be similar to similar legally binding regulations in Europe. "It is a positive because I think it does away with money bail schedules but I'm concerned about the increase in incarceration rates". "[And] what we try to do is make sure we can work within your limits".