Ideally the amount of money you pay to await trial somewhere besides jail should be a carefully devised figure, says Stanford Law Professor Robert Weisberg.READ MORE: Blue Jackets Snap Skid, Rally to Beat Sharks 6-4
“The counties tend to take the kind of easy route of, ‘hey, we’ll just set an amount for crime, we don’t have to look at anything else,” Weisberg told KCBS.
Which means that whether or not you’re a flight risk, your bail is just a set figure, a figure that for many is impossible to reach.READ MORE: Berkeley Bookstore Raffles Autographed Special Edition of McCartney's 'The Lyrics'
“Great numbers of defendants who are very, very good risks in terms of showing up for trial never get out of jail. It puts them at a great disadvantage in terms of preparing any kind of defense that could get them out,” Weisberg said.
So, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has appointed a panel to look into how California sets its bail amounts.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: SF Restaurant Apologizes for Denying Service to Armed, On-Duty Police Officers
This comes on the heels of two lawsuits in federal court, one out of San Francisco and the other Sacramento that challenge the process as well.