Thursday, August 30, 2018
California to Become First State to Eliminate Bail for Suspects Awaiting Trial
Suspects awaiting trial in California will now have their bail eliminated, according to a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
In lieu of bail, suspects will be gauged under a risk-assessment system.
Suspects looking at serious, violent felonies won’t be eligible for release prior to trial but the majority of suspects arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors will be let go within 12 hours of being booked, according to the legislation.
The bill gives officials 24 hours to determine whether other suspects should be released before trial. That time can be extended by 12 hours if necessary.
“Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly,” Brown said in a statement, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Bail bond agencies are getting set to battle the legislation which would go into effect next year.
The ACLU has flipped and is now against the legislation saying it will give to much power to judges who tend to rule against minorities.
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