During her State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye asked: "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? Bail—does it really ensure public safety? Does it in fact assure people’s appearance in court, or would a more effective risk assessment tool be as effective for some cases?"

Twelve pilot projects funded by the Budget Act of 2014 will collect data on pretrial release programs. What the Judicial Council learns from the pilot projects will help answer questions raised by the Chief Justice and other state leaders.