California Is Holding Off on Abandoning Cash Bail

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“A California law eliminating cash bail, signed by then-Governor Jerry Brown in August, has now been put on hold, the Los Angeles Times reports. The law was scheduled to take effect in October of this year. Instead, voters will weigh in on it via a referendum on the state’s 2020 ballot; the law will only go into effect if it is approved by voters. The legislation would replace money bail with ‘risk assessment strategies’ that courts could use to assess the merits of imprisoning a defendant before trial.”

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