STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom on California's Bail System


SACRAMENTO - California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom issues the following statement on the announcement of Governor Brown's commitment to work on bail reform:

"I applaud Governor Brown for his commitment to review and address California's bail system, which is neither just nor effective. And I thank Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, Senator Hertzberg and Assemblymember Bonta for their undaunted leadership on the issue. The current system is not just an inescapable social justice failure. It is a public safety imperative that bail is assessed on the individual's risk to the public, instead of the individual's wealth."

In December 2016, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom joined California lawmakers to introduce legislation reforming the cash bail system and restoring justice to California's pretrial process.