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 Post subject: California Eliminates Bail Effective Oct 1, 2019
 Post Posted: Tue 28 Aug 2018 15:54 
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California to become first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --
California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill will replace bail with a risk-assessment system, although it's still unclear how the system will work. It will take effect in October 2019.

Brown's signature gives the state's Judicial Council broad authority to reshape pretrial detention policies.

Each county will use the council's framework as a basis to set its own procedures for deciding whom to release before trial, potentially creating a patchwork system based on where a suspect lives.

➡️@JerryBrownGov Signs Legislation to Revamp California's Bail System, Protect Public Safety: https://t.co/MkgYsL3Nml #SB10 pic.twitter.com/eDJfKPd4Kv
— Gov. Brown Press Office (@GovPressOffice) August 28, 2018


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.

The legislation gives officials 24 hours to determine whether other suspects should be released before trial. That time can be extended by 12 hours if necessary.

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

Opponents of the legislation say it gives judges too much power. Some worry dangerous people will go free and won't return for trial.

Supporters, including the Judicial Council headed by the state Supreme Court's chief justice, say the change will end the unfair practice of imprisoning people simply because they are poor. Incarceration should instead depend on the risk a defendant poses if they are released, they argue.

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

The Judicial Council is the policy-making body for California's courts. It creates rules and procedures to ensure consistency across the state.
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 Post Posted: Sat 01 Sep 2018 08:22 
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Well, you called it long ago Tony. Must admit, I thought this wouldn't happen anytime soon.... I was wrong!! I also thought my state wouldn't feel the effects of bail reform anytime soon, Wrong again!!

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The California Bail Agents Association is fighting back hard. They along with at least 4 major sureties are trying to place a ballot measure on the 2020 Nov elections to repeal the new law. If they get 380,000 signatures in 90 days, the law will be on hold until the election results.

If not, it will take effect Oct 1, 2019.

So, many bail agents are confident that if the "voters" are informed about the new law they will vote to repeal it. Also, the ACLU, Equal Justice, Arnold Foundation, Tides Foundation and many other criminal justice reform groups are also against the new law.

But here is the problem. They want the bail industry to partner with them to repeal the law. They want us to spend money putting together the ballot measure and media advertising.

Sounds great. Wrong.

These groups are against the new law because it in their minds give the judges too much say in who gets released and who doesn't. In other words there are still too many restrictions on who will get released from jail.

THEY DO NOT WANT "CASH BAIL" AS PART OF THE RELEASE OPTIONS.

So, they are not asking to reinstate cash or surety bail as an release option. We will still be out of business. But for now they seem to be on our side but in reality, these want even LESS restrictions on who gets let of of jail FREE.

They feel that unless you commit murder, child rape or other serious violent felonies, you should not have to stay in jail. Period! You should be released on your own promise to appear.

Even before the ballot measure takes place, the State can amend the law to add more crimes that will allow people to be released on OR. If that happens then, those groups that oppose the current version, will back out of opposing it. Then we will be stuck wasting millions and still be out of business.

I should say I will not be putting any of my cash behind the ballot initiative. This train has been coming for years and it is at full speed. I don't think there is any thing we can do to stop it now.

You guys in other states better pay a close attention to your own legislators. Right now everyone else thinks California is gone and a done deal. They may want to follow it.

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