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Boys and Men of Color Select Committee Hearing on “Evaluating California’s Bail System”



Hearing Agenda

9:30 – 11:30 a.m - Tuesday, July 5, 2016
1515 Clay Street (Auditorium), Oakland, CA 94612

Introduction and Welcome (15 minutes)

  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair
  • State Senator Loni Hancock
  • Members of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color

Panel 1–Fundamentals of California’s Bail System (15 minutes)

  • Eve Hershcopf, Judicial Council of California
  • Professor David Ball, Santa Clara University School of Law

Panel 2–The Human and Economic Cost of Money Bail (30 minutes)

  • Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • Jessica Bartholow, Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Criminal Justice & Drug Policy Director, ACLU
  • Melodie Henderson, personal testimony, San Diego
  • John Jones, III, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

Panel 3–Money Bail and its Impact on the Criminal Justice System (15 minutes)

  • Chuck Denton, Alameda County Office of the Public Defender
  • George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney

Questions and Answers and Public Comment (45 minutes)