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Jan 2019

Reducing Recidivism with Recovery

How One Jail is Shifting the Focus Jail overcrowding is a problem faced by law enforcement across the nation.  This has led to a public outcry for criminal justice reform.  Without question, most people agree that criminal justice reform should happen – the problem remains how to effectively do it.  One solution takes a new look at the problem.  What if jails focused on reducing...

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Jan 2019

The Risky Business of Risk Assessment

One aspect of the bail reform debate that often gets overlooked is the system that would replace cash bonds for pretrial release.  Too many people seem to forget that cash bail has been a part of our criminal justice system since its inception with roots to England in the Middle Ages.  Bail has evolved over the last two hundred years.  The United States has passed...

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Jan 2019

SB10 (California Bail Reform Law) Update: Veto Referendum Successful

SB10, California’s Money Bail Reform Law, would have effectively eliminated the commercial bail system from the criminal justice system.  A united group of opponents to the law banded together to launch an effective effort to obtain enough signatures to stop the implementation of the bill in October 2019.  According to the Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, the referendum was successful in obtaining enough valid signatures...

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11

Jan 2019

A Closer Look at Bail Reform: California’s SB10

Late last year California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed SB10 into law.  Known as the California Money Bail Reform Act, last minute changes to the legislation raised the eyebrows of both bail reform opponents like the bail industry and human rights leaders.  The bill would eliminate the cash bail system in favor a pretrial risk assessment tool that would use data to determine whether a defendant...

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04

Jan 2019

Why Bail Reform Doesn’t Solve the Problem

As we wait for verification of the over 500,000 signatures submitted by the opposition to SB-10, California’s Bail Reform Law, we must take a moment to look at why so many people oppose the elimination of bail and why the alternative doesn’t measure up.  If enough signatures are verified, the bill, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, would be put on hold until 2020...

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28

Dec 2018

2019 Law Changes and Challenges for California

2019 will be a year of change for California.  Several new laws (1,016 to be exact) were signed into law in 2018 by Governor Jerry Brown. In previous blogs, we have discussed at length one of the nation’s biggest attempts to overhaul the bail system.  California’s SB 10 is set to go into effect October 2019.  The bill would effectively eliminate the state’s cash bail...

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20

Dec 2018

Bipartisan Legislation Passed on Criminal Justice Reform

The Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform Bill Across Party Lines Politics today are brutal.  We are a nation polarized to its core.  Finding common ground on anything seems unlikely between the two parties.  That’s why yesterday’s announcement that the Senate was able to pass a criminal justice reform bill was somewhat shocking.  The Senate voted to pass the bill 87 – 12 meaning that it...

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14

Dec 2018

The Truth Behind Banning Bail

Bail has become a hot topic issue.  California is in a holding state as officials work to validate the 600,000 signatures submitted to put Senate Bill 10, California’s Bail Reform Law, on the 2020 ballot effectively stopping its enforcement in October 2019.  The referendum was backed heavily by the bail bonds industry but also by human rights organizations concerned with last minute changes to the...

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07

Dec 2018

At What Cost?

What Will SB10 Cost Taxpayers In estimating the costs of SB10 to taxpayers, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee estimates that it would likely cost “in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually.”  The costs mainly stem from the need for courts to create, staff and train a pretrial services program.  Other estimates put it at closer to an annual cost of $1 billion or...

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29

Nov 2018

Criminal Justice Reform Begins with Open Dialogue

Recently over 365,000 signatures were submitted in an effort to suspend the implementation of California’s Senate Bill 10.  The law would effectively eliminate cash bail in favor of a pretrial detention system based on risk assessment algorithms.   The bill, signed earlier this year, was to take effect October 2019, but a strong opposition backed with major financial support gathered enough signatures to trigger a referendum. ...

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