Gov. Brown signs bill eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial

Gov. Jerry Brown

"Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly", Brown said. Felonies will be evaluated by these new guidelines into "low", "medium" or "high risk" categories.

California's Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is calling it "a transformative day for our justice system", adding that the state's old system of money bail was "outdated, unsafe and unfair". "Politicians are courageous to do this because this is a very progressive abortion bill", Khan said in a statement to The Triton.

Critics have long contended that the money bail system perpetuates inequality.

"This bill, unfortunately, replaces that flawed system with one that could increase pretrial detention and increase racial disparity", Jess Farris, criminal justice project director for the ACLU of Southern California, told BuzzFeed News. As the sixth largest economy in the entire world, California is proving that sustainability and economic growth can go hand-in-hand, as while emissions have fallen 13 percent from the 2004 peak, the state's economy has grown by an impressive 26 percent. Bail reform targets the practice of jailing those who can't afford to pay the court (or more bail bondsmen) - the funds necessary to remain free pending trials that may occur months or even years later.

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Brown has yet to confirm he will sign the bill his predecessor as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, wrote to lawmakers to back the legislation and urge them to be "undeterred by those who wish to stop our progress and move backwards".

Senator Connie Levya introduced the bill in February 2017 after the student government at UC Berkeley passed a resolution prompting the campus health clinic to offer medication abortions in its list of services.

Other Blue states, including New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey, are said to be considering similar initiatives. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, said in a statement.

Other states have been watching California as they weigh overhauling their bail systems, said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, who works on criminal justice issues for the American Civil Liberties Union.

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It gives officials 24 hours to determine whether a suspect should be released before trial.

The law will allow for defendants to be released after being arrested if they are deemed likely to appear for court hearings and pose little danger to the public.

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