Bail Reform

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Nationally, 750,000 people are incarcerated in local jails and greater than 60% are awaiting trial.  

Federal courts have found
use of money bail to be

California's money bail system is broken, unjust and unsafe

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Money bail is not always effective

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1. Ability to pay ≠ less of a likelihood to reoffend

2. Ability to pay ≠ appearance for trial

Money bail arguably hurts public safety

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When held for 2-3 days, low risk defendants were almost 40 percent more likely to commit new crimes before trial than similarly situated defendants who had been held no more than 24 hours


There is an evidence-based alternative to money bail

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