Get Out of Jail Free Card: How is Senate Bill 10 Going to Affect Californians?
California will become the first state to eliminate bail for “non violent” suspects and replace it with a loosely-defined risk-assessment system. No one really knows what this will look like in the future, but, at a minimum, it is a controversial move. Senate Bill 10 was authored by Democrat Senator Bob Hertzberg (Los Angeles) and signed by California Governor Jerry Brown this past week.
The crux of the argument is that the current bail system was unfair to individuals, who could not afford to pay a bail bond company to guarantee that they would later show up in court for their hearing. The new system is yet to be detailed. It appears that each county in California will use the councils framework to create their own protocols and procedures for deciding who will be released prior to trial. The county will create an “agency” to create a risk-based system to decide each individual defendant’s risk and flight assessment. These assessment protocols will be developed by the California Judicial Council. As it is written, defendants can be held 12 hours (with a 12 hour extension) prior to determining their flight risk, which at a minimum will create a massive court processing log jam expected to cost California taxpayers at least an additional $200 million dollars!
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- SB-10 Pretrial release or detention: pretrial services.(2017-2018)
- California becomes first state to end cash bail
- California becomes first state to eliminate bail
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