“64% of California’s jail population is awaiting trial or sentencing as of December 2016.” Most remain in pretrial custody because they cannot afford bail. Jail Profile Survey, http://www.bscc.ca.gov/
The bail system that unfairly keeps poor people locked up needs reform, according to California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
“We must not penalize the poor for being poor,” Cantil-Sakauye said in her annual State of the Judiciary address to the California Legislature.
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This follows the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the cash bail system in San Francisco on Feb. 1 by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, the San Francisco Chronicle noted.
The plaintiffs have since filed a narrower version of their lawsuit that focuses on the period just after arrest when the sheriff’s office sets bail, reported the Chronicle.
“We need more pretrial release programs to balance safety against the need to post bail,” the chief justice said. Holding people on bail may be both unfair to the poor and ineffective at preventing crime, she added.
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She said she has appointed Martin Hoshino, the administrative director of the California courts, to head a national task force to study the bail-setting program.
At present, there are release programs in 12 local courts that place defendants under supervision, rather than holding them until they can post bail reported the Chronicle.