KPCC: Is California on the verge of bail reform?

August 28, 2017

With Governor Jerry Brown and California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye throwing their support behind bail reform, advocates predict the state will soon change its system for releasing people from jail as they await trial.

"To get this commitment from two of the enormous players is a huge deal," said Peter Eliasberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

"Bail reform in California is imminent," said State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), who authored SB 10, a bill that would change the bail system. Hertzberg’s bill stalled amid heavy opposition from bail agents, who argue that changing the system could lead to the release of dangerous criminals.

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Kenny Foster