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Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill

Public polling showed the majority of Californians (about 72 percent) are supportive of the bill, although some business groups and utilities aren't in favour, citing job concerns.

Brown said in a statement that the bill "preserves the rights of the accused, while prioritizing public safety".

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Advocates of abolishing bail contend that too many defendants remain stuck in custody because they can not afford to bail out, effectively creating unequal justice based on wealth. Rather, SB 10 will require court employees or contractors to carry out assessments of defendant's risk to public safety and the likelihood they will miss a court date while awaiting trial. "Getting rid of money bail is meritorious; however, doing so by potentially expanding pretrial incarceration is unacceptable".

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The bill, known as the California Money Bail Reform act, was approved by the legislature on August 21, FOX 5's sister station KTXL reported. They sent a letter to Brown in opposition of the new bill.

The model that is driving the momentum for bail reform is the federal system, where defendants are often required to meet specific conditions for pretrial release (e.g., drug treatment, surrender of passports, electronic monitoring) or to sign contracts imposing stiff fees for non-appearance. "SB 10 is set to go into effect on October 1, 2019 - over one year from now".

In a phone interview, attorney Phil Telfeyan with the Washington, D.C. -based nonprofit Equal Justice Under Law, who is also representing the plaintiffs, said the case is in limbo until the September 7 hearing. The judge may want to go forward with the trial or briefly postpone the trial.

Similar numbers in California and other states moving away from cash bail would clinch the case for this reform.

"Make no mistake: We have a critical problem that remains unaddressed", Atkins said in a statement.

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