Money Bail Reform Movement Continues
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statements upon AB 42 falling just short of passage to the Senate Thursday:
“Bail Reform is alive and well in California. Our two-bill strategy continues to move and build momentum. AB 42 continues on as a two-year bill. SB 10, the identical bill authored by my partner in this movement, Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), flew off the Senate floor with a bipartisan vote of 26-11 and is now in the Assembly. As we have always planned, we will continue to talk with stakeholders as we work to strengthen the bills.
“We remain confident that we are doing the right thing in pressing for greater fairness and equity in our justice system. We will not stop fighting and these reforms are inevitable. We have right on our side and we will not be deterred.
“The current bail system punishes those without money and favors the wealthy. The human toll of money bail is devastating. People who can’t afford to buy their freedom can lose their jobs, their homes, their cars, and even their children if they cannot gain their liberty.
“I want to thank my colleagues who supported AB 42 and Senator Hertzberg for being my partner in this growing movement. We look forward to continuing our push and achieving much-needed, transformative bail reform this legislative session.”
Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.