Mercury News Editorial: What if You’re Innocent, but You Lose Your Job Because You Can’t Make Bail? Reform this System

California has a chance this spring to reform one of the most egregiously unfair elements of our criminal justice system:

Bail.

The system of relying on monetary payments to ensure that suspects show up for court, and setting the amount with no regard to the suspect’s ability to pay, keeps poor and minority defendants behind bars while wealthy folks charged with the same crimes can be out in a day and back to work and family until the next court date. Full article via the Mercury News

Kenny Foster