Pretrial Reform in California

Pretrial Detention Reform in California

A look at the judicial branch's efforts under the leadership of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to reform pretrial detention in California.

2016-03-08 00:00:00

Chief Justice Calls for Review of Money Bail

"I think it’s time for us to really ask the question whether or not bail effectively serves its purpose, or does it in fact penalize the poor."

2016-10-28 00:00:00

Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup Named

The Chief Justice appoints 11 judges and one court executive to study current pretrial detention practices and provide recommendations for reforms.

2017-08-25 00:00:00

Judicial Branch and Legislative Branch join efforts to reform state's money bail system.

Current legislation – SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017, authored by Senator Hertzberg and Assemblymember Bonta – will continue throughout the fall and the bill will be revisited early next year.

2017-10-24 00:59:15

Chief Justice Workgroup Issues Recommendations

Workgroup calls money bail system "unsafe and unfair," issuing sweeping recommendations to replace money bail with risk-based assessment and supervision programs.

2018-03-19 11:44:44

Chief Justice’s 2018 State of Judiciary Urges Changes to Money Bail System

The Chief Justice addresses legislators about the results of the judicial branch's bail study.

2018-08-16 11:44:44

Judicial Council Supports Amended SB10

Senator Hertzberg, sponsor of SB10, receives a letter of council support following amendments made to the bill on August 16. Administrative Director Martin Hoshino submits the letter on behalf of the Judicial Council.

2018-08-20 11:44:44

Legislature Passes SB10

First the California Assembly and then the Senate pass SB10, which would replace the money bail system with a risk assessment and non-monetary conditions of release for defendants. Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the bill.

2018-08-28 07:00:55

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs SB10

The new legislation goes into effect Oct 2019. Click "Find Out More" for full text.

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