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15

Nov 2018

Uncertain Path for California Bail Reform

With just over a week to go, those opposed to SB10, California’s Bail Reform Law, are busy gathering signatures in the hope to place a stay on the enforcement of the new law.  If successful, the law would go to voters on the 2020 ballot.  Opponents must gather 365,880 signatures by November 26, 2018.  The veto referendum would allow California voters to decide whether the...

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06

Nov 2018

In a Divided Climate, Unlikely Sides Unite Against SB10

Division in the United States is common.  We live and breathe the fact that our country is so divided we can hardly find the common ground that once united us.  Today, perhaps more than most days, we need to find some uniting force and we may have found it in an unlikely source.  The fight against SB10, California’s Bail Reform Law, was once tackled by...

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30

Oct 2018

Over $2.5 Million Raised to Repeal SB10

Opponents to SB10, California’s Bail Reform Act, have less than a month left to gather 365,880 signatures.  If enough signatures are gathered the measure will be placed on the 2020 ballot for voters to decide whether it should take effect.  Implementation of SB10 would effectively be put on hold until after voters decide the merits of the proposed act.  If the referendum is unsuccessful and...

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22

Oct 2018

Bail Reform and the Challenges Ahead

Immediately after Governor Jerry Brown signed SB10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, into law late this summer, opponents were already outlining plans to get a referendum taking the law to the voters in 2020.  A successful referendum would place a hold on the law going into effect in October 2019.  Last minute changes to the bill caused ardent supporters such as the NAACP and...

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15

Oct 2018

Opposition to Bail Reform Brings Unlikely Bedfellows

As opponents of SB10, California’s Bail Reform Law, gather signatures in hopes of a referendum which would put a hold on the law and take it to the voters in 2020, many may wonder who is leading the opposition and why.  Undoubtedly, bail bondsmen have been critical of the proposed elimination of the cash bail but other, perhaps more unlikely, critics of SB10 have emerged. ...

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08

Oct 2018

The Problem with SB10 and Preventive Detention

As we have written about several times, the recent passage of Senate Bill 10, has thrown the California Criminal Justice System in a frenzy.  The bill requires the creation of pretrial services programs throughout the state, requiring additional staffing, monitoring and training of court officials.  If the referendum (an effort by SB10 opponents to get enough signatures to take the initiative to the voters) fails,...

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29

Sep 2018

Case Study in Bail Reform: Rockingham County

As opponents to California’s bail reform law SB10 continue to gather votes for a referendum to take it to the voters in 2020, it is important to note how similar bail reform laws have affected other communities.  Case in point: Rockingham County, New Hampshire.  Senate Bill 556 was passed by the New Hampshire legislature with the intent of changing the bail procedures throughout the state. ...

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21

Sep 2018

California Supreme Court to Consider if New Bail Reform Law is Constitutional

As opponents unite to gather signatures for a referendum on Senate Bill 10, a referendum which would effectively halt implementation on the new bill and take it to the voters in 2019, the California Supreme Court is also weighing in on the matter.  In the landmark case which turned the California bail system on its head, IN RE: KENNETH HUMPHREY, the justices have asked both...

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15

Sep 2018

Efforts Continue to Take SB10 to Voters in November

Opponents of SB10 recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown are gathering signatures to get a referendum. The referendum would block the new law set to go into effect October 2019 and take it to the November ballot.  Voters would determine the fate of the bill that was signed on August 29, 2018 despite concerns over recent changes.  Many question whether the new pretrial...

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07

Sep 2018

Questions Remain After Governor Brown Signs SB10

Senate Bill 10 was signed into law last week by California’s Governor Jerry Brown.  Dubbed “The California Bail Reform Act” SB10 effectively ended money bail, but many question if the proposed replacement is any better or if it in fact increases discrimination deeply rooted in the criminal justice system.  Human rights organizations across the state composed a joint statement opposing the passage of the bill. ...

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