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California's Bail System Is 'Unsafe And Unfair,' Study Finds

October 25, 2017 | NPR
The national effort to get states to move away from a bail system based on money — something detractors call unjust and antiquated — got a big boost this week: A yearlong study backed by the California's Chief Justice recommended money bail be abolished and replaced with a system that includes robust safety-assessments and expanded pretrial services.

Religious leaders in Texas are on a crusade to end cash bail

October 24, 2017 | Slate
In May 2016, Maranda Lynn O’Donnell, a waitress and mother of a 4-year-old girl in Harris County, Texas, was arrested for allegedly driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor offense. She did not have $2,500 to bail herself out, so she was locked up in jail for two days, unable to go home to her daughter.

Chief justice directs State Bar to craft fingerprinting rules

October 25, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye has directed the State Bar to provide her court with any proposed rules necessary to ensure the required re-fingerprinting of the roughly 190,000 active licensed attorneys takes place.

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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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