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 whole are “sharply divided” on the issue, with only a “slight plurality” supporting Senate Bill 10.  According to the poll:

  • 39% of would keep the new law
  • 32% would vote against the new law
  • 29% remain undecided

Senate Bill 10 has been on hold since early 2019 when opponents successfully gathered enough signatures for a veto referendum.  The bill was set to go into effect on October 1, 2019 and would repeal existing bail laws.  A pretrial risk assessment service would replace the current bail system.  Almost immediately questions arose about the new system including where funding would come from.  Opponents also questioned the transparency of the new risk assessment program and whether it would be based on biased data further exacerbating the inequities in California’s criminal justice system.

Voters have one year to finalize their decision on whether to vote for or against the new law.  Undoubtedly, both sides will present arguments on why to be in favor of the reform or against it.  The most important thing is to be an informed voter.  2020 is shaping up to be one of the most interesting years for politics in California and across the country.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story here: “California voters are divided over bail reform, poll finds”.

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