A sign in the window of a bail bonds office across from the Hall of Justice in San Francisco promises defendants a fast pretrial release from custody. An appellate court has ruled California’s cash bail system is unconstitutional, and punishes low-income defendants. Senate Bill 10 would overhaul the system. AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A sign in the window of a bail bonds office across from the Hall of Justice in San Francisco promises defendants a fast pretrial release from custody. An appellate court has ruled California’s cash bail system is unconstitutional, and punishes low-income defendants. Senate Bill 10 would overhaul the system. AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg AP
A sign in the window of a bail bonds office across from the Hall of Justice in San Francisco promises defendants a fast pretrial release from custody. An appellate court has ruled California’s cash bail system is unconstitutional, and punishes low-income defendants. Senate Bill 10 would overhaul the system. AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg AP

Bail reform is overdue in California. Here’s a better, fairer, safer way

March 19, 2018 01:00 PM