OpEd: Bail Reform Must Continue

The bail industry defeated Prop. 25, California must continue criminal justice reforms

BY ROB BONTA, NANCY SKINNER, AND ROBERT HERTZBERG, SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE

JANUARY 27, 2021 05:00 AM

Our criminal justice system is supposed to be based on a fundamental premise: “innocent until proven guilty.” In reality, this basic right is not afforded to millions of low-income Californians, particularly those in communities of color.

Bonta and Fellow Lawmakers Introduce Bail Reform Measure

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), and Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced joint legislation on Wednesday designed to reform the state’s money bail system, and to address the disproportionate impacts on low-income and low-wealth residents.

Assemblymember Bonta Introduces The HOLD Act to Empower Health Officials to Protect Californians in For-Profit, Private Detention Facilities

SACRAMENTO – Today, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 263, known as the Health Oversight and Leadership in Detention Act (HOLD Act) that will empower California health officials to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring health orders are followed inside for-profit, private detention facilities.

Bonta Leads Effort to Stop Deportation of Kao Ta Saelee

Assemblymember Bonta and Legislative colleagues are fighting to stop the deportation of Kao Ta Saelee, a Californian who bravely served as an inmate firefighter. He served his time, earned his release, but when he was due to be set free, the state voluntarily handed him over to ICE where he now faces deportation to a country he fled as a refugee with his family at the age of 2.

Bonta Leads Push for Greater Equity in Tax Structure Through First-in-Nation Wealth Tax

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and more than a dozen fellow lawmakers have introduced legislation that would establish a first-in-the-nation net worth tax. This proposed wealth tax would generate an estimated $7.5 billion per year for California’s vital needs like education, housing, health care, and other state services.