California’s Bail Overhaul May Do More Harm Than Good, Reformers Say
October 2, 2018

“Criminal justice reformers have long called the U.S. courts system’s reliance on money bail unjust: The wealthy, they argue, can simply buy their pretrial freedom, while the poor are stuck behind bars or get pressured into taking a plea deal.  This summer California became the largest state to abolish money bail. The historic move goes into effect next fall. But many of those who’ve pushed hardest for bail reform say this new system may be worse than the old one, since this change tilts the power ever more into the hands of prosecutors, police, and judges.”

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