The Other Side of the Coin: California Bail Industry Seeks to Overturn SB-10
A mere 24 hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Senate Bill 10 into law on August 28th, the California bail industry launched a referendum in an effort to suspend and overturn the bill to end bail in California.
Advocates of bail reform in the state including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) worked for 2 years with Sen. Robert Hertzberg to draft the original bill before it was revised and passed in August, leading to advocates pulling support and heavily opposing the new version.
A policy that would normally divide reform advocates and the bail industry into ‘for’ and ‘against’ has managed to get both of them on the same side, albeit for different reasons.
Advocates believe that while eliminating pretrial cash bail is a step in the right direction, last-minute revisions to the bill will give judges expanded discretion and power which could actually lead to more people being detained than before.
And eliminating money bail altogether would effectively shutter the $2 billion bail industry in California.
How does bail work?
Under the current system, a judge determines the bail amount for a defendant …