The State Assembly passed the bill by 43 to 32 and it will now head back to the Senate and then to Governor Jerry Brown's desk where it is expected to be quickly approved and signed into law. Judy Woodruff interviews Marisa Lagos of public television station KQED, which has covered the story.
"Senate Bill 10 creates a byzantine maze of court hearings that will ultimately result in greater pretrial incarceration, and at a minimum, new opportunities to incarcerate someone before he/she is determined to have actually committed a crime", says a statement from the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
Suspects looking at serious, violent felonies won't be eligible for release prior to trial but the majority of suspects arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors will be let go within 12 hours of being booked, according to the legislation.
If the California Money Bail Reform Act is used properly, it can help those in poverty and will revolutionize the justice system. Other states including New Jersey, Alaska and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although no other state has completely eliminated bail. Risk assessment tools will be used instead, to determine if the detained resident has a high flight risk.
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Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), a co-author of SB 10, called the signing of the bill a step toward correcting a fundamental injustice.
Other states have been watching California as they weigh overhauling their bail systems, said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, who works on criminal justice issues for the American Civil Liberties Union. But it faced heavy opposition from the bail industry and some former supporters of the bill, who said significant amendments to the final version would unjustly expand the number of suspects in pretrial detention. "Unfortunately, the legislative calendar does not provide the necessary time to clearly resolve the concerns that need to be addressed for the bill to pass the two legislative houses and get to the Governor's desk for his signature".
Her decision has caused political uproar. "Right now Californians are paying for the cost of digging up the coal, fracking the gas - the good news about the renewable is that once you make that upfront investment the fuel is free". If enacted, it would put California on track to become the first state to adopt a power grid consisting of 100 percent renewable energy.