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Bail reform law put on hold as referendum qualifies for 2020 ballot

Original post made on Jan 22, 2019

A historic California law that would replace cash bail with a risk assessment system has been put on hold because a referendum challenging it qualified for the November 2020 ballot.

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Posted by Arlene
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 22, 2019 at 7:47 am

It is very unfortunate that the initiative against the Bail Reform Bill has succeeded in putting it on hold until 2020. I certainly agree with the ACLU statement above,"By charging people nonrefundable fees for pretrial release, the bail industry has made billions of dollars off the backs of individuals and families in dire circumstances, especially people most affected by racial and economic inequities in our society and the criminal justice system."

Please sign Petition SB47, the Petition DISCLOSE Act, to make ballot initiative signature-gatherers disclose who's paying. Had that been in effect, all of those who signed the initiative against the Bail Reform Bill would have known that the Bail Association put their money into the initiative.