Pass the California Money Bail Reform Act!
California’s bail system is completely and utterly broken. Our state wastes more than $1.8 billion each year jailing people who are waiting for trial -- and ruins the lives of countless people who’ve been accused of a crime but can’t afford exorbitant bail amounts.
New legislation called the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 -- Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) and Assembly Bill 42 (AB 42) -- would reform our bail system. Instead of requiring money bail payments in all cases, regardless of a person’s risk, SB 10 and AB 42 would require courts to judge each case individually before setting the terms of release.
This reform is a complete no-brainer. And it has a track record of success. In Kentucky and Washington, DC it has ensured that defendants show up for trial for two decades at similar rates to jurisdictions using cash bail systems. In Washington DC alone it saves nearly $400 million per year.
The multi-billion dollar bail bond industry will promote outright lies to scare off legislators’ support and derail the legislation before a crucial hearing in the state Assembly on April 18. If we speak out now, we can create a drumbeat of public support that drowns out the bail industry and powers SB 10 and AB 42 to victory!
Sign the petition below asking your lawmakers to support bail reform in California:
I urge you to end California's broken money bail system by voting for the California Money Bail Reform Act -- SB 10 and AB 42 -- by Senator Hertzberg and Assemblymember Bonta. The current system costs too much money and delivers poor results. It leads to overcrowding in our jails. And it runs counter to the interests of justice by punishing innocent people with jail time just for being unable to afford the cost of bail.
I support a new system that meaningfully assesses the risk presented by each individual who comes before a court -- not the one-size-fits-all approach of the past that costs California an estimated $1.8 billion annually. Please do everything in your power to pass SB 10 and AB 42.