Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill

  • Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill

Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill

"Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly", he said in a statement.

"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.

The California bill was inspired in part by a San Francisco teenager who struggled with more than 50 seizure a day.

In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to eliminate cash bail for those awaiting trial.

'Our old system of money bail was outdated, unsafe, and unfair. While some people are able to quickly get out of jail by posting bail, people who aren't able to afford it sit in jail until the court takes action, or until they work with a bail bond agent to secure their freedom, which can leave them in debt.

California will no longer have a bail system for suspects awaiting trial beginning next year, after Democratic Gov. "SB 10 is only one leg of the long journey toward perfecting our justice system, but it is an important one", Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a news release.

Suspects looking at serious, violent felonies won't be eligible for release prior to trial but the majority of suspects arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors will be let go within 12 hours of being booked, according to the legislation.

"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 gives judges wide latitude to decide what to do with other suspects based on their likelihood of returning to court and the danger they pose to the public.

California passed legislation Tuesday that would make it the first large state to mandate completely carbon-free electricity generation, with a target of 2045.