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California Ends Cash Bail, Bail Industry

30 August 2018

"Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly", Brown said in a statement. The defendant will be assessed as high, medium or low risk.

The new law lets counties set up their own pretrial assessment agencies or run their risk assessment programs through existing probation departments.

Advocates of abolishing bail contend that too many defendants remain stuck in custody because they can not afford to bail out, effectively creating unequal justice based on wealth.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye helped to write the legislation after studying the issue and determining the system was "was outdated, unsafe and unfair".

Most suspects accused of nonviolent felonies will be released within 12 hours of booking, while those charged with serious, violent felonies will stay in jail before trial.

"Abolishing money bail and replacing it with a risk-based system will enhance justice and safety". As the world's fifth largest economy, California has set ambitious goals and knocked them off.

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"It can not guarantee a substantial reduction in the number of Californians detained while awaiting trial, nor does it sufficiently address racial bias in pretrial decision making", said the three executive directors of the California ACLU affiliates, Abdi Soltani (Northern California), Hector Villagra (Southern California) and Norma Chávez Peterson (San Diego & Imperial Counties). Jerry Brown's (D) signature. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, said in a statement.

New Jersey and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems as well, although neither state has completely eliminated the money aspect. Bail reform targets the practice of jailing those who can't afford to pay the court (or more bail bondsmen) - the funds necessary to remain free pending trials that may occur months or even years later.

Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that is meant to combat what are believed underinsurance issues revealed by 2017 wildfires.

The ACLU raised concerns that the law doesn't sufficiently address racial bias in pretrial decision making.

As the US' most populous state, just over a third of energy in California comes from wind, solar or geothermal power, CBS said citing the US Energy Information Administration.

Atkins promised to work with Weber during the recess to have new legislation ready to introduce when lawmakers return in January that would "make California a model for the rest of the country".

California Ends Cash Bail, Bail Industry