Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill

Gov. Brown Signs Bail Reform Bill

And California residents are living up to the Golden State's green reputation, with thousands calling and pressuring legislators to support SB 100 and 72 percent of Californians supporting SB 100's goals in a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll.

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

"SB 10 is not the model for pretrial justice and racial equity that California should strive for". "Risk assessment tools are prone to racial, gender, and socio-economic bias, because they rely on criminal justice data", stated the Essie Justice Group.

If the bill is signed into law, California would become the second state, after Hawaii, to authorize a 100-percent renewable energy law.

California becomes the second U.S. state, after Hawaii, to call for carbon-free electricity by 2045. That could potentially create a patchwork system based on where a suspect lives.

California is at the forefront of a national campaign to end money bail that has also recently seen states like New Jersey and New Mexico adopt polices to circumvent the for-profit bail industry, though none had yet eliminated bail completely.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), a co-author of SB 10, called the signing of the bill a step toward correcting a fundamental injustice. It quickly cleared both the Assembly and the Senate and was on Brown's desk the following day.

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.

Last week, two Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Brown urging him to put a cap on any new fossil fuel projects and set a timeline for a hard stop on oil and gas extraction throughout the state.

Other states have been watching California as they weigh overhauling their bail systems, said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, who works on criminal justice issues for the American Civil Liberties Union. "SB 10 is set to go into effect on October 1, 2019 - over one year from now". The judge may want to go forward with the trial or briefly postpone the trial.

Telfeyan has mixed feelings about California's bail reform law. "It is a positive because I think it does away with money bail schedules but I'm concerned about the increase in incarceration rates".

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

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