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Your call or email to your Assemblymember will make a difference!

Senators Hertzberg and Skinner said it best in an opinion column in the East Bay Times on May 1, 2021. They outlined how a court ruling impacted bail and how SB 262 is the blueprint for its implementation. The Multi-faith ACTION Coalition urges you to take action to support SB 262 with California Assembly members before they vote this week. 

“California’s highest court recently delivered a major victory for the cause of justice when it ruled that ‘the common practice of conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional.’ Under the state Supreme Court’s ruling, judges must now consider a person’s ability to pay when setting bail and can only hold someone in jail before trial in limited circumstances.’

The court’s core argument was simple: California’s money bail system is not just illegal and unfair, it is harmful. ‘The disadvantages to remaining incarcerated pending resolution of criminal charges are immense and profound,’ the court wrote, citing studies finding that ‘pretrial detention heightens the risk of losing a job, a home, and custody of a child.’

The California Supreme Court’s verdict is clear. The moral argument won: Our money bail system is unjust, ineffective, and unconstitutional. Nevertheless, more work remains.

If this decision is our state’s declaration of principles on pretrial justice, our proposed legislation, Senate Bill 262, provides the blueprint for implementation.”  Full Article

It is time to restore the fundamental right that people are innocent until proven guilty.
Join us to ensure the right to be out of custody while awaiting trial in California is never measured by the size of one’s pocketbook.  SB 262 will restore this basic right for millions of low-income Californians accused of misdemeanor and nonviolent felony crimes.  
Contact your Assembly Member today and urge them to vote yes on SB 262.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan     925-328-1515   email
Assemblymember Frazier               925-513-0411   email
Assemblymember Grayson             925-521-1511   email
Assemblymember Wicks                 510-286-1400   email
 
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