Bail Reform on the Agenda

A number of California legislators are pushing for bail reform as part of the next legislative session. According to the LA Times , Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Sen. Bob Hertzberg plan to introduce bills to reduce the number of people detained before trial and address the racial and economic disparities in the bail process.

The details of upcoming legislation are still unspecified, but Bonta and Hertzberg said there is a bi-partisan coalition of organizations and lawmakers interested in addressing the issue this year.

Bail reform bills have consistently failed in California in the past, although California relies on pretrial detention at much higher rates than other states. About 63% of people in state jails, or 46,000 inmates, had not been sentenced in 2015, according to the Board of State and Community Corrections.

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