CSAC Bulletin Article

Bail Reform Legislation Update

August 31, 2017

Governor Brown, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Senator Bob Hertzberg and Assembly Member Rob Bonta recently committed to working together on Senate Bill 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017, authored by Senator Hertzberg and Assembly Member Bonta. The measure would reform California’s bail system with an emphasis on public safety and cost-efficiency.

The authors, Chief Justice, and the Administration will continue to work on this throughout the fall and will revisit the bill in the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative session.

Senate Bill 10 significantly increases costs that counties would have to bear in establishing a Pretrial Services Agency, as well as the other costly mandates that are embedded within the measure. CSAC is opposed to the measure in its current form but is committed to working with the authors, sponsors, Administration and Chief Justice to craft legislation that establishes a risk-based system while ensuring that the reforms provide the flexibility counties need to implement pretrial service programs that work within the counties current criminal justice systems.

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