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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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20

Nov 2018

Opponents to SB10 Successful in Gathering Signatures

The effort to overturn SB10, California’s Bail Reform Law, cleared one hurdle this week by submitting more than the required number of signatures for a referendum.  A veto referendum would take the measure to the voters on the 2020 ballot.  Voters would then decide the fate of California’s bail system.  Now that the signatures have been submitted, election officials must verify them.  If enough signatures...

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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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