California’s chief justice gives bail reform a boost

File – In this April 25, 2017, file photo, state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, gestures during a hearing in Sacramento, Calif. California’s top judge wants to do away with the state’s cash bail system, which critics say keeps poor people behind bars while wealthier suspects can pay for their freedom. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, that the state should instead rely on risk assessments to determine whether defendants should be released. A bail reform bill was approved by the state Senate in the most recent legislative session, but its author, Sen. Hertzberg, said he would have had to make additional compromises to get it through the Assembly before the Legislature adjourned in mid-September. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)


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