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California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

"Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly", Brown said. "Medium-risk" individuals could be released or held depending on local standards.

Defendants deemed likely to appear and posing little risk to the public will be released.

Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) said his bill would address concerns raised by incidents including the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which a 19-year-old is accused of using an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle to kill 17 students and school employees. Those facing serious, violent felonies will not be eligible for pretrial release.

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye called the bill signing a "transformative day in our jusice system". "Already home to 500,000 clean energy jobs and the largest manufacturing powerhouse in the United States, California is proving that it can be done".

Previously, in many cases, a person could pay a fixed amount of bail money - determined by a judge with factors such as seriousness of the crime and previous criminal record - to be released from custody awaiting trial.

The state of California has been working for two years to enact a law that finds a better way to deal with people who are awaiting trial. It is too early to determine, however, whether the discretion given to judges in assessing the risks involved in pretrial release is producing inequities in the system.

Senator Connie Levya introduced the bill in February 2017 after the student government at UC Berkeley passed a resolution prompting the campus health clinic to offer medication abortions in its list of services.

California is at the forefront of a national campaign to end money bail that has also recently seen states like New Jersey and New Mexico adopt polices to circumvent the for-profit bail industry, though none had yet eliminated bail completely.

California will end the cash bail system in a sweeping reform for the state. She said there's not enough protection in the law to ensure it doesn't perpetuate racial bias in the criminal justice system.

But in the last few weeks, as this final compromise bill was revealed, the ACLU and some other groups who have really pushed for this reform said they are going to oppose it. "Right now Californians are paying for the cost of digging up the coal, fracking the gas - the good news about the renewable is that once you make that upfront investment the fuel is free".