Friday, 19 October, 2018

California becomes first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial

Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill Gov. Brown signs bill eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial
Grady Vargas | 30 August, 2018, 13:15

Senate Bill 10, the formal title of the legislation, was approved by the legislature earlier this month, according to The Sacramento Bee, but faced significant opposition from the bail industry prior to Brown's signing on Tuesday.

"More people are going to buy guns, there will be more gun violence, you are going to have more crime", she said.

A 2013 study by the Drug Policy Alliance and Luminosity found that almost 40 percent of jail inmates in New Jersey were locked up because they were too poor to afford their bail. 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.

Critics have long contended that the money bail system perpetuates inequality. But some opponents, including the ACLU, fear that these changes will result in more people being detained before trial. "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 bill becomes law, the state would be the first to impose such a quota.

New Jersey and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems as well, although neither state has completely eliminated the money aspect. The Essie Justice Group is comprised of women with incarcerated partners or family members.

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

In California, overarching rules will be set by the judicial council, the policy-making body for California's courts headed by the state's chief justice.

A person whose risk to public safety and risk of failure to appear is determined to be "low" would be released with the least restrictive non-monetary conditions possible. There is concern voiced by some criminal justice reform advocates that worry defendants will spend weeks in jail while their lawyers try to prove they deserve to be set free.

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