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Legislator introduces new bill against bail agents as battle rages

January 18, 2018 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, announced SB 898 on Tuesday. It calls on the California Department of Insurance to study the insurers that underwrite bail bonds companies. The pair say such an analysis will show the industry is making inflated profits off of the backs of defendants, who have no choice but to pay.

Opinion: Data due process and no-money bail systems

January 16, 2018 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) While the topic of bail reform is not new, the debate is rapidly changing. There is continued movement across the country to implement no-money bail systems. This year, at least a dozen legislatures will consider bail reformers' claims that risk assessment computers can figure out who is dangerous and stays in jail, versus who is safe and set free.

Inside The Fight To End Cash Bail

January 08, 2018 | NewsLinks
Critics of the cash bail system point to research demonstrating that cash bail discriminates against the poor, and especially poor people of color. According to a 2015 report from the Vera Institute of Justice, two in five people held in America's jails are behind bars because they cannot afford their bail.

Opinion: Replacing judicial discretion with automated formulas poses risk

January 01, 2018 | NewsLinks
Recent articles that have appeared in these pages in support of reforming our bail system fail to understand that the controversial choice to recommend California eliminate it and replace it with some algorithm-based computer pretrial system ignores inconvenient facts and heightens the risk to public safety.
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Administrative Director Martin Hoshino Speaks to the Council about Judicial Fellowship Program

For more than two decades, the Council has offered the Judicial Fellowship Program to graduate students. In his report to council, Administrative Director Martin Hoshino discusses the benefits of this unique program to council members and staff.

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