California Votes To Keep Criminal Justice ChangesCalifornia has upheld several criminal justice changes, endorsing recent efforts to ease mass incarceration by reducing penalties and allowing for earlier releases. Voters also appeared likely to maintain the state’s current cash bail system as a majority opted for the status quo on both criminal justice ballot measures.
California Court Leaders Consider Cutting Bail To $0 During Coronavirus CrisisCalifornia judicial leaders are expected to adopt a statewide emergency order setting bail at zero for lower-level offenses and suspending evictions and foreclosures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
San Francisco DA Announces Citywide Elimination Of Cash BailSan Francisco prosecutors will no longer ask judges for cash bail as a condition for the pretrial detention of defendants, the District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Cash Bail System In San FranciscoA federal judge in Oakland on Monday struck down the use of money bail for people who are arrested in San Francisco on suspicion of crimes but haven’t yet been arraigned.
2020 Voter Referendum To Challenge New Law Ending Cash BailA historic California law that would replace cash bail with a risk assessment system has been put on hold because a referendum challenging it qualified for the November 2020 ballot.
California Attorney General Backs Changing Money Bail SystemJudges must consider suspects' ability to pay when they set bail amounts, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday, adding momentum to ongoing talks aimed at finding a better way to make sure suspects show up in court.
State Appeals Court Ruling Could Change How Bail is Handled in CaliforniaAccording to a ruling from the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco “a defendant may not be imprisoned solely due to poverty.”
California's Chief Justice Wants To End Cash BailCalifornia Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday that she wants to do away with the state's cash bail system.