What a ‘No’ Vote on Prop 25 Means

Human Rights Orgs and Peace Officers Agree, No on Prop 25

The election is only days away. While millions have already voted, there is still time to submit your ballot or cast it in person on November 3. Californians will decide a number of critical things this election, including whether to end cash bail by supporting Proposition 25.

A ‘yes’ vote on 25 would uphold SB-10 which replaces the current bail system with a pretrial risk assessment tool. The risk assessment tool uses algorithms to determine whether an individual poses a risk or should be released pretrial. 

Opponents argue that the underlying data used to determine whether someone should be released is inherently biased and would exacerbate a problem that already plagues the criminal justice system. 

A ‘no’ vote on 25 would mean that SB-10 does not remain law. The bill was originally passed but immediately faced opposition and gained the necessary signatures for a referendum. The referendum placed it on the November 3rd ballot, allowing California voters to decide whether the new system should be implemented. 

Opposition to Prop 25 comes from a number of sources including the bail industry, human rights groups, civil rights groups, and peace officer organizations. A ‘no’ vote on 25 is about more than saving an industry, it is about protecting the rights of an accused. 

The proposed replacement for determining pretrial release is not a desirable alternative to the current system. Opponents worry that the disparities that currently exist in the criminal justice system could be made worse with the use of an algorithm that uses biased data. The pretrial risk assessment system favored by SB-10 could incarcerate even more people. 

Multiple organizations from both sides of the aisle agree – vote ‘no’ on 25. Go vote!

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