Sep 2020

Voting in California

This Year Bail Is on the Ballot – Here Is Your Chance to Be Heard Along with the presidential election, the November 2020 ballot has a lot of propositions that could deeply impact Californians. Registered voters will have the opportunity to choose local leaders such as city council members and school board trustees, as well as be heard on a number of issues. In California,...

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Aug 2020

What’s on the Ballot in 2020 for Californians

A Look at the November 2020 Ballot Propositions The countdown to November is on and in addition to a heated national election, Californians will decide on a number of propositions. You can read about all of the Qualified Statewide Ballot Measures from the Secretary of State Proposition 14 – Bond measure to fund the state’s cell research institute. Gives $5.5 billion in general obligation bonds...

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Jul 2020

The Pandemic and Bail

What the COVID-19 Emergency Bail Schedule Taught Us In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the California Judicial Council announced an emergency bail schedule that would reduce bail to zero dollars for some offenders. The zero dollar bail schedule was recently rescinded with individual counties allowed to adopt independent measures as necessary. During the $0 bail schedule many people were released pretrial and...

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Jun 2020

Judicial Council of California Votes to End Zero Dollar Bail

The Emergency Bail Schedule is Set to End June 20 In an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus in jails and the surrounding community, the California Judicial Council and Chief Justice put into place a number of emergency measures. One of the most controversial measures included the implementation of an emergency statewide bail schedule which reduced bail to $0 for a number of offenses....

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May 2020

Zero Bail Order Sees Re-arrests within Days

California $0 Bail Order Results in Re-Arrests of Some Offenders In an effort to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the California Judicial Council adopted 11 emergency rules including the approval of an Emergency Bail Schedule. The statewide Emergency Bail Schedule set bail at $0 for all misdemeanor and some felony offenses. The Judicial Council, in Emergency rule 4, made the application of the...

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Apr 2020

California Considers Reducing Bail to $0 For Some Offenses Amid Coronavirus Fears

Judicial Council of California to Rule on a Number of Emergency Measures According to multiple news agencies, including ABC10, the Judicial Council of California has met to discuss and adopt several emergency rules in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a Report of their meeting the council is discussing the following: “Suspend the entry of defaults in unlawful detainer actions; Suspend judicial foreclosures;...

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Mar 2020

New York Bail Reform Meets Criticism from Both Sides

The Bail Reform Debate rages on across the country. New York’s passage of a statewide act has met scrutiny from both sides of the political divide. As reported by The Washington Post, the new law took effect January 1 and almost immediately met backlash. While unlike California’s law which if successful on the November 2020 ballot would eliminate cash bail altogether, New York’s law allows...

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Jan 2020

New Year, New Laws

A Brief Recap of Some of the New Laws Affecting Californians in 2020 California legislators were busy in 2019 writing hundreds of new laws that will take effect this month and in the future.  This article will touch on a few major areas that will affect Californians in 2020 and beyond. Gun Regulations A host of new gun laws were put into effect including limiting...

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Dec 2019

Bail Reform Faces Backlash in Greene County

Law Enforcement Officers Question Efficacy of Recent Bail Reform Legislation Bail reform legislation set to go into effect on January 1, 2020 is meeting reservation from the citizens of Greene County.  According to a recent article by Hudson Valley 360, “County lawmakers and police officers are taking a stand against state-mandated bail reforms coming Jan 1.”  One of the main concerns presented by the Greene...

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Nov 2019

Voters Undecided About 2020 Bail Reform

29% of Voters Are Unsure of How They Will Vote on Bail Reform in 2020 According to a recent poll conducted by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies for the Los Angeles Times, “29% of voters are undecided” whether they would vote to cancel the new bail reform initiative or keep it in place.  The Los Angeles Times notes that California voters as a...

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