California becomes first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial

30 August, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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"Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly", said a statement from the governor. The defendant will be assessed as high, medium or low risk. Incarceration should instead depend on the risk a defendant poses if they are released, they argue.

California's Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is calling it "a transformative day for our justice system", adding that the state's old system of money bail was "outdated, unsafe and unfair". "We need to end preventable deaths and to do so without jeopardizing the safety of law enforcement officers", Atkins said in a statement.

If the California Money Bail Reform Act is used properly, it can help those in poverty and will revolutionize the justice system.

These new pretrial assessment services will release people arrested or detained for nonviolent misdemeanors within 12 hours of booking. Jerry Brown. The governor has "remained silent on the proposal", as the Sacramento Bee reported. As the sixth largest economy in the entire world, California is proving that sustainability and economic growth can go hand-in-hand, as while emissions have fallen 13 percent from the 2004 peak, the state's economy has grown by an impressive 26 percent. Bob Hertzberg, along with Assemblyman Rob Bonta, right.

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"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). The new law grants broad discretion to judges to hold or release defendants.

Eliminating bail is as much about reducing the jail population and addressing racial disparities in criminal justice as it is about financial concerns, Dooley-Sammuli said.

The state of California has been working for two years to enact a law that finds a better way to deal with people who are awaiting trial.

Senate Bill 100 (SB-100) was introduced by outgoing State Senator Kevin de León - who is challenging Dianne Feinstein for her US Senate seat - and was passed by the Californian Senate earlier this year by a margin of 25 to 13. That entity would assess the likelihood that the person will not appear in court or commit a new crime while released, and would make a recommendation for conditions of release.

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