Lt. Governor Newsom joins Assemblymember Bonta, Senator Hertzberg to unveil bail reform

12-05-16

SACRAMENTO - Lt Governor Gavin Newsom joined California lawmakers to introduce bills in a bid to reform the cash bail system and restoring justice to California's pretrial process. California's cash bail system unjustly punishes people who are poor, who are not a danger to society or at risk of leaving town and missing their court hearings.

Presently, 64-percent of county jail inmates are simply awaiting trial or sentencing because many don't have the money to post bail or pay a bail agent, which often costs thousands of dollars. The results are devastating both for individuals who often lose their jobs, their homes and everything else of value before a court has even determined guilt, and society that pays the high cost of housing pretrial defendants in jail.

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