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California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 2)

The bail bonds industry has a long history of aggravating racial and socio-economic disparities, and engaging in blatant corruption

California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 1)

The money bail system was designed to ensure that people charged with an offense return to court for trial. In practice, however, it rewards those who can afford to pay and punishes those who cannot.

CJCJ's Daniel Macallair Speaks on Bail Industry

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair speaks with San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on the challenges with our bail system and need for pretrial reform.

Pretrial Services: An Effective Alternative to Monetary Bail

Most people in California's jails have not had their day in court — they are detained because they are simply too poor to post bail. 

Commercial bail vs. Pretrial services

As you walk down Bryant Street in San Francisco, there are many neon-lit signs advertising for available bail services increasing as you move closer to the Hall of Justice.  San Francisco is the birthplace of the bail industry, but in recent years, the county has begun to explore pretrial services that are not driven by commercial enterprise.

Overcrowded jails, the bail industry, and pretrial alternatives

This month is the Justice Policy Institute (JPI)'s Bail Reform Month . Their national public education campaign provides research showing that "money bail is a failed policy that does not protect public safety" and leads to unnecessary incarceration in local jails. If you have been following criminal justice realignment in California, this issue is of foremost importance. In California, approximately 71% of the jail population is unsentenced. Many of the detainees are in detention simply…

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