California lawmakers next year will make it a top priority to reform the system through which judges award criminal offenders bail, saying courts across the state are punishing “the poor for being poor.”
Putting up money for bail in order to get out of jail before a court date is a longstanding practice, but it?s come under a lot of fire recently. Critics say it?s unfair because the rich get out while the poor stay locked up. Today, two California lawmakers are set to introduce legislation meant to overhaul the cash bail system.
Nearly 4 in 10 California public school students say they didn’t eat breakfast the previous day. That not only hampers their ability to learn, it endangers their health. Studies show that children who eat breakfast get more of the important vitamins and minerals they need and tend to choose healthier food throughout the day.
The federal government subsidizes school breakfasts for low-income children, but many never get it. Some shy away because of the stigma attached to accepting the free or reduced-price meal. Others are from families that can’t get them to school early enough to eat in the cafeteria before class begins.
The Sacramento Bee By Ed Hernández, Richard Pan and Rob Bonta - Special to the Bee
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