The Governor of California Signs a Bill Ending Money Bail []


California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that ended money bail in California.

The bill abolishes paying money as a condition of release from jail pre-trial. The money-bail system has been consistently criticized as unfair to low-income people: Unable to afford bail, poorer people were forced to spend more time in prison pre-trial.

Hoping to resolve these inequalities—and compelled by years of activism—state legislators put forward legislation that sought to replace money bail with "risk assessment strategies" in all 58 of California's counties. Brown on Tuesday claimed that the bill ensured that "rich and poor alike are treated fairly."

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