Press Release

Friday, October 27, 2017

Those were some of the findings contained in a comprehensive report on California's money bail system issued this week by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the members of the state's judiciary. Their 10 recommendations align with the approach Senator Bob Hertzberg and I have taken with our companion bail reform bills AB 42 and SB 10, which support a system based on risk, not wealth.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

October 27, 2017

Despite the loud objections voiced by California’s bail industry, the basic principle of pretrial justice in this state ought to be clear: People who are arrested but haven’t yet gone to trial should be locked up or set free depending on how likely they are to flee or cause harm, not on whether they can afford bail.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Statement from United Farm Workers on Larry Itliong Day:

Larry Itliong Day in California, October 25, is being honored by the Cesar Chavez Foundation and United Farm Workers under a state law authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and approved by Governor Jerry Brown in 2015.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

By Sudhin Thanawala | AP October 25 at 12:25 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — Efforts to do away with cash bail in California received a big boost when the state’s top judge got behind a proposal to end what critics say is a system that keeps poor people behind bars while wealthier suspects can pay for their freedom.

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday that instead of cash bail, the state should rely on assessments of defendants’ danger to the public to determine whether they should be released.

The proposal endorsed by Cantil-Sakauye is contained in a report by a group of judges that concluded the state’s cash bail system “unnecessarily compromises victim and public safety” and “exacerbates socioeconomic disparities and racial bias.”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

 

Judges echo SB 10 by calling for an end to the cash bail system, creating pretrial services agencies to assess if defendants are safe to be released

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“The Governor made us wait,” said Representative Rob Bonta of the California Assembly, about the Buy Clean California act that he had sponsored.

Governor Jerry Brown had until midnight on Sunday to sign or veto the bill. "It was touch-and-go until the very end, given some of the governor’s office's concerns," Bonta reports. He was on a plane returning home from visiting his daughter on the east coast when the good news finally arrived in the form of a group text from his staff:  AB 262 signed!!

“I congratulated my team,” Bonta said. “This was not an easy lift at all.”