A 2021 bail reform law went into effect Monday after the state Supreme Court shut down a legal challenge in July.
Proponents of eliminating cash bail describe it as a penalty on poverty, affecting mostly those in economic distress — particularly people of color.
Inability to pay bail cannot be the only thing that keeps a defendant behind bars, the California Supreme Court unanimously decided.
Under a money bail system, people who can't afford to buy their freedom now also face an increased risk of contracting a deadly virus.
Black moms and caregivers from 36 cities will be bailed out in time to spend the holiday with their families thanks to the Black Mamas Bail Out fund.
Now defendants will be freed before trial depending on their risk to public safety and not their ability to pay bail money. But some say the new law doesn’t go far enough.
When freedom is only available to those who can afford it, many end up paying with their lives.
We expect our criminal justice system to be fair and effective. It's part of our national DNA to want equal treatment and to get the job done. But in pretrial justice -- the time between when a person is arrested and when the charges are resolved -- the basic principles we hold dear are too often undermined by our use of cash bail.