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Chief Justice Workgroup: Money Bail is “Unsafe and Unfair”

October 24, 2017 | California Courts Newsroom
A workgroup established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study California’s bail system issued a slate of recommendations on Tuesday, saying money bail should be replaced by a risk-based assessment and supervision program.

Judicial group urges end to cash bail for criminal defendants

October 24, 2017 | Los Angeles Times
A group of 11 judges and one court executive appointed last year by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said the current system of requiring suspects to post bail to obtain their freedom prior to trial compromises public safety.

California's Chief Justice Calls for End to Cash Bail

October 24, 2017 | Associated Press
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday that the state should instead rely on risk assessments to determine whether defendants should be released. Cantil-Sakauye endorsed a report by the judiciary that called for an end to cash bail and said it should serve as a framework for discussions with Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature.

Scrap California’s bail system, chief justice says

October 24, 2017 | Sacramento Bee
California’s chief justice on Tuesday called for an end to the use of money bail, urging the state to instead release defendants based on whether they pose a threat to public safety.

Bail Reform Movement Gets Powerful Ally: California’s Top Judge

October 24, 2017 | NBC News
The movement to eliminate cash bail across the country gained steam on Tuesday when California's top judge said she supports an overhaul of a pretrial system that allows wealthier defendants to buy their freedom while keeping poorer ones locked up.

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Audio: Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Access 3D

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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