News Alert!!: California: Governor Jerry Brown signs bill eliminating money bail for suspects awaiting trial.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 a bill eliminating money bail in California for suspects awaiting trial.
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The bill, known as SB10, will replace bail with a risk-assessment system, although it’s still unclear how the system will work.
The bill will go into effect in October 1st, 2019.
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California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature gives the state’s Judicial Council broad authority to reshape pretrial detention policies.
Each county in California will use the council’s framework as a basis to set its own procedures for deciding whom to release before trial.
Most suspects arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors will be released within 12 hours of being booked under the new law.
Those facing serious, violent felonies will not be eligible for pretrial release.
“Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly,” said California Governor Jerry Brown.
Those supporting SB10 say the change will end the unfair practice of imprisoning people simply because they are poor.
Those against SB10 say it gives judges too much power, and some worry dangerous people will go free and won’t return for trial.
Other states such as New Jersey and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although neither state has completely eliminated bail.