Historic Bail Reform Legislation Approved by California State Assembly

Monday, August 20, 2018

SB 10 passes Assembly, clearing major hurdle for bail reform

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today applauded their colleagues in the Assembly for voting to pass SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, calling it a critical first step in tackling reforms that must be made to California’s criminal justice system.

Senator Hertzberg released the following statement:

“It is no secret that our criminal justice system has a host of issues that must be addressed. Eliminating wealth as a determination in pretrial detention is a groundbreaking first step in making our criminal justice system fairer and safer. In the Jewish tradition, Pirkei Avot teaches us: ‘You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.’ The California Legislature will continue to examine bail reform, and strengthen SB 10’s data collection and reporting requirements in order to evaluate our progress. I look forward to the future, when we can all look back at a time when we wrongly let for-profit businesses decide who stayed in jail.”

Assemblymember Bonta released the following statement:

“Today’s vote is a clear victory for justice, fairness, and safety. We are now a giant step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to abolish the fundamentally broken for-profit, predatory money bail system.  SB 10 says justice should not favor the wealthy and punish the poor and that one should be evaluated on their individual conduct, facts and circumstances. For too long, our criminal justice system has treated those who are guilty and rich better than those who are poor and innocent.  No more. Californians deserve a system that determines someone’s ability to be released pre-trial based on the size of their risk and not the size of their wallet. Thank you to my partner and lead joint-author Senator Bob Hertzberg, Joint Author Assemblymember Jones Sawyer, Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, all Co-Authors, and my colleagues for your leadership and courage in standing up for justice today.”

SB 10 now goes back to the State Senate for concurrence before heading to the Governor’s desk.

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Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district.  After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.

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.