Cash bail largely revoked in California

Josh Marcus San Francisco

The California Supreme Court on Thursday struck down large parts of the cash bail system in the state.

“The common practice of conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional,” the justices wrote in a unanimous decision.

A growing chorus of civil rights advocates have been pushing to end the cash bail system, where people who have been arrested and put in detention can temporarily give up bail money or other forms of property and be released until their trials, arguing the practice is prejudiced against poor people and people of colour.

Today’s ruling didn’t end the practice entirely, but rather requires judges to consider a defendant’s ability to pay bail before setting it. Bail rates are often fixed in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars, so the decision will effectively mean many poor people will be free to go unless they’ve been deemed notably threatening to public safety.  

Read the rest of the story on the Independent 


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Steve
Steve
2 months ago

This is why we have lawlessness and a much less safer society. There are consequences, for stupid court decisions and lame legislation.

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Caused by voting Democrats and nonvoting Republicans.

And everyone who funds colleges and universities, who ‘tithes’ to woke/leftist churches and synagogues, and who will not remove their children from public government schools in favor of home-based and ethical private school alternatives.

Government doesn’t start in ‘government’. It starts in the classroom.