Bonta Statement on State Bail System

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement today regarding San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera’s decision not to defend the state bail schedule in a lawsuit against the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department:

“Dennis Herrera’s decision not to defend the state’s broken bail system is a strong statement that justice truly must be for all.  The bail system in California discriminates against poor people simply for being poor. When a person cannot afford to pay bail, they remain locked up.  Not only is it a wasteful use of taxpayer money, it can have a devastating impact on the person. He or she can lose their job, their car, or their home.  Further, it disproportionately hurts communities of color.  I am committed to righting this wrong. In the upcoming legislative session, I will introduce a bill to fundamentally reform this unjust aspect of our criminal justice system.  We can and will protect public safety and ensure defendants show up for their court dates, and do it through means that are in keeping with our American principles that justice must be blind and must be for all.”

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro.