When Senate Bill 10 takes effect on October 1, 2019, defendants will no longer receive dollar bail amounts, and they will not have the opportunity to make a cash payment in order to be released. 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.
If the bill is signed into law, California would become the second state, after Hawaii, to authorize a 100-percent renewable energy law. The clout of the Californian economy could help spur some other states, such as MA and New Jersey, to do the same.
"No one should be in jail because they are too poor to afford bail, but neither should they be torn apart from their family because of unjust preventative detention", said a statement from American Civil Liberties Union directors Abdi Soltani in Northern California, Hector Villagra in Southern California and Norma Chávez Peterson, representing San Diego and Imperial counties. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), who authored the bill along with Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda). A little over over a year ago, defense attorneys, judges, and prosecutors in New Jersey got together and replaced the bail system with an algorithm that decides who should stay in jail and who should be released in the vast majority of cases.
It gives officials 24 hours to determine whether a suspect should be released before trial. Weber and her allies scaled back the bill last week, removing a provision that would have made it easier to prosecute police who kill civilians, in a bid to shore up political support.
Brown's signature allows the state's Judicial Council board, which creates rules and procedures across the state, the authority to reshape pretrial detention policies.
Similar numbers in California and other states moving away from cash bail would clinch the case for this reform. 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.
Low-risk evaluations would result in release with the least restrictive nonmonetary conditions; medium risk terms would be determined according to local standards.