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Aug 2018

California’s Bail Reform Backlash

Leading Groups withdraw Support from SB10 Over the past few weeks, numerous civil rights organizations, and justice groups have withdrawn their support for SB10.  Even a co-sponsor of nearly two years, Essie Justice Group, has withdrawn support over concerns of recent changes to the bill.  SB10 has since been signed and passed into California law.  Concerns over the bill have led a coalition to file...

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Aug 2018

Coalition Launches Referendum Drive to Protect Public Safety and Ensure Fairness in Bail System by Giving Voters Final Say on the Reckless SB 10 Bail Scheme

 A coalition of public safety leaders, concerned citizens, criminal justice reformers and crime victims’ advocates – Californians Against the Reckless Bail Scheme – announced today that they were filing a referendum against SB 10, signed by Governor Brown yesterday, which would replace California’s current bail system with a dangerous, reckless, and untested scheme that would likely both make California less safe and increase the numbers...

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Aug 2018

Is SB 10 Helpful or Harmful?

The Truth Behind the Bail Reform Act Recently, California legislators revived a failed bail reform bill in the hopes of eliminating the state’s current bail system.  The modifications have drawn growing concerns from human rights organizations, attorneys and justices across the board.  Many believe that the Act, the way it stands, would do more harm than good even exacerbating the current injustices in pretrial detention....

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Aug 2018

SB 10 Passes Appropriations Despite Unknown Fiscal Effect

Senate Bill 10 – Pretrial release or detention: pretrial services would repeal existing laws regarding bail as of October 1, 2019 and require that people detained by law enforcement undergo a risk assessment through by Pretrial Assessment Services.  On August 16, 2018 the bill underwent a number of amendments to try to appease concerns.  Still unclear is how the bill will be appropriately funded. The...

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Aug 2018

The Reality of America’s Pretrial Justice System

As we discussed in last week’s blog, more than 100 civil rights leaders and groups signed a joint statement on their concerns with using risk assessment programs in lieu of a bail system to determine whether people should be eligible for pretrial release.  The shared consensus was that using algorithms to determine risk does not alleviate the disparities present in the pretrial justice system and...

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Aug 2018

Leaders Unite to Question Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments

In “The Use of Pretrial ‘Risk Assessment’ Instruments: A Shared Statement of Civil Rights Concerns” over 100 civil rights leaders and groups united to discuss concerns over the use of risk assessment algorithms in lieu of money bail.  The statement, signed by such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn and the NAACP, indicates that risk assessment has done little alleviate the racial inequity...

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Jul 2018

Suspect believed to have started 9 California Fires held on Bail

Brandon McGlover, 32, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail after prosecutors with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office allege that he intentionally set 9 California fires.  The fires are spread near the San Jacinto Mountains including the Cranston Fire in Idyllwild which now covers over 18 square miles.  McGlover is scheduled to appear in the Southwest Justice Center of Murrieta this afternoon. ...

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Jul 2018

Judge Orders Alleged Russian Agent Held Without Bail

Maria Butina, 29, was ordered held without bail by a judge in a DC federal court.  According to court documents, prosecutors believe that Butina was working as a Russian Agent and poses a serious flight risk.  Butina entered a “not guilty” plea to the charges but remains jailed until her trial.  It is believed that Butina worked within the NRA and throughout Washington to try...

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13

Jul 2018

Bail and the California Constitution

What does the California Constitution say about bail?  What rights and protections are guaranteed by its amendments?  With the ongoing debate about bail reform, it is important to revisit the guarantees provided under the state Constitution.  Many people get confused or are misguided when it comes to bail reform and what protections a defendant has or doesn’t have under the constitution.  This article aims to...

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05

Jul 2018

Temecula Teen being held on $500k Bail in Shooting Incident

As reported by the Temecula Patch, 19-year-old Dalex Mendoza is being held at the Indio Jail on $500,000 bail after allegedly shooting at people inside a Temecula residence.  According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting occurred on April 11 when the teen attempted to break into the home on Wenham Way.  The teen allegedly shot at the occupants inside the two-story home.  Luckily,...

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