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Apr 2018

Florida Rejects Bail Reform Legislation

Earlier this year, the Florida legislature rejected bail reform legislation that would have eliminated the state’s cash bail system.  Senate Bills 484, 1218 and 1392 opted to replace the current bail system with risk assessment programs similar to New Jersey and New Mexico.  The risk assessment programs work off of an algorithm designed to predict the likelihood that a defendant will be a risk to...

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10

Apr 2018

New Jersey Bail Reform Repeat Offenders

Bail reform has become one of the hottest topics of 2018.  With many people questioning the inequities in the criminal justice system, some have decided that a complete overhaul of the bail system will magically fix problems that run rampant throughout the country and have little to do with the actual bail system.  New Jersey implemented bail reform on January 1, 2017 under the Bail...

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02

Apr 2018

Bail Reform fails to consider Victims’ Rights

Bail reform is one of the hot topics across the country right now.  In trying to address problems in the criminal justice system, some have opted for eliminating the current bail system without a full understanding of who bail protects and why it was established in the first place.  Bail has been around for centuries, with roots in the Middle Ages and the Habeas Corpus...

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26

Mar 2018

Former Stockton Mayor out on Bail

Stockton’s former Mayor Anthony Silva was released on bail in the early hours of the morning Friday, March 23, 2018.  According to authorities, he was arrested for allegedly violating the terms of his probation by possessing an AR-15-type automatic rifle.  The embattled Mayor was on probation for providing alcohol to persons under the age of 21 but over the age of 18.  As a condition...

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Mar 2018

Defending The Cash Bail System at UCLA Law School

Recently I appeared on a panel at UCLA law school for a symposium on the  status of  Bail Reform in California and Nationwide  There have been some landmark cases recently in the US challenging our current national bail system, here in California it has been the  People vs. Humphrey ruling in San Francisco.   Because this topic is so hot, it was the theme of...

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16

Mar 2018

The Real Story behind California’s “Game-Changing” Bail Case

Today’s headlines are flooded with bail reform stories.  Recently the Attorney General declined to appeal a San Francisco judge’s decision to release a defendant on his own recognizance after he had been held on $350k bail.  According to the headlines, the defendant was being held on an egregious amount of money when he stole an insignificant amount.  What the headlines do not tell you is...

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10

Mar 2018

Oversight guaranteed for Pre-trial Release Programs

The House Judiciary Committee passed the Citizens’ Right to Know Act (H.R. 2152) guaranteeing oversight of pre-trial release programs.  The Act, sponsored by Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas), requires pre-trial release programs to provide Congress with information on how federal funds and grants are being used.  Pre-trial services across the nation receive a significant amount of money from the federal government.  The Act will ensure that...

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02

Mar 2018

Joshua Tree Couple Held on $100k Bail for Willful Cruelty to Children

A husband and wife were arrested after sheriffs discovered their three children had been living in a box in the desert for years.  The three children, 11, 13 and 14 were living in a plywood box for the past 4 years.  They were found without sufficient good according to Children and Family Services.  Mona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, were both arrested on suspicion...

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23

Feb 2018

New Jersey Bail Reform Hits Hurdles

When people talk about bail reform success, many point to New Jersey as a glowing example of how it should work.  Unfortunately, all that glitters is not gold.  The Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Act recently has officially been on the books for over a year.  To its credit, the Act has helped to reduce jail population by over 20%.  Pretrial defendants are released on...

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16

Feb 2018

California Man Charged in Fatal Cyclist Accident Released on $75k Bail

21-year-old Ronnie Ramon Huerta Jr. was allegedly driving on a suspended license when he struck several cyclists participating in a charity ride near Palm Springs.  According to law enforcement, Huerta was going 100 mph in a 55-mph zone when he lost control of his vehicle.  Mark Kristofferson, 49, was fatally injured.  Two other cyclists riding in the 100-mile Tour de Palm Springs were struck suffering...

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