Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill

Doug Carpenter
August 30, 2018

Jerry Brown said in a statement.

"[It] does a good job balancing public safety and victim's rights with the ability to have a fair system where people are held in custody not based on how deep their pockets are but risk assessment", said Stephan.

California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial under a bill signed by Gov.

Low-risk evaluations would result in release with the least restrictive nonmonetary conditions; medium risk terms would be determined according to local standards.

Authors of the bill, Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), acknowledge that it is a work in progress.

Advocates of abolishing bail contend that too many defendants remain stuck in custody because they can not afford to bail out, effectively creating unequal justice based on wealth.

The bill gives officials 24 hours to determine whether other suspects should be released before trial.

Alarmed by a string of mass shootings by young people, California lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor a bill that would raise the minimum age for buying long guns in the state from 18 to 21.

"[Senate Bill 10] sets up a system that allows judges almost unlimited discretion to order people accused of crimes, but not convicted and presumptively innocent, to be held in jail with no recourse until their case is solved", wrote a delegation of criminal justice reform advocates to the governor. "Unfortunately, the legislative calendar does not provide the necessary time to clearly resolve the concerns that need to be addressed for the bill to pass the two legislative houses and get to the Governor's desk for his signature".

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

Some criminal justice reform advocates worry defendants will spend weeks in jail while their lawyers try to prove they should be set free.

The Judicial Council is the policy-making body for California's courts. This is enough to power 2 million households and is a tripling of wind energy capacity since California's RPS law took effect in 2002.

He continued, "SB 100 is an inventive blueprint for California - and other states and countries - to safeguard the climate in a time of otherwise unsafe capitulations to polluting fossil fuel companies".

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