NBC 7 San Diego: CA Governor and Lawmakers Committed to Reforming Bail System

Lawmakers and the governor are discussing legislation that could dramatically affect the California criminal justice system, potentially changing the entire pretrial process.

Supporters say it’s needed to reform the bail system and keeping people in jail before their trial should be the exception, not the rule. Opponents say it’s nothing more than a "get out of jail free" card.

City of San Diego's former police chief William Lansdowne said California’s monetary bail system is broken, with too many spending too much time behind bars.

“Many of these people are absolutely no risk,” he said. “We are destroying families right now. Commit a crime, low level, non-violent, non-serious crime, they end up in jail and lose their job.”

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Kenny Foster