Bonta Legislation Will Reform Money Bail

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) is introducing The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 to fundamentally reform California’s money bail system with the main goal of increasing its effectiveness and eliminating its discrimination against poor Californians. Bail is intended to protect the public and ensure a defendant shows up for court hearings but the current system is ineffective and unjust. “California’s bail system punishes poor people simply for being poor,” said Bonta. “In many cases, if you have enough money to pay your bail, you can get out of jail regardless of whether you are a danger to the public or a flight risk.  But if you’re poor and are not a flight risk or a danger to the public, you are forced to stay in jail even when the charge is a misdemeanor. That’s not justice.” Learn more in this Assembly Access video.