California Supreme Court: Judges Must Weigh Suspects’ Ability To Pay BailThe California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that judges must consider suspects' ability to pay when they set bail, essentially requiring that indigent defendants be freed unless they are deemed too dangerous to be released awaiting trial.
Proposition 25, Which Would Have Approved Replacing Cash Bail, FailsA “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, law replacing money bail with a system based on public safety and flight risk. It could lead to increased costs, possibly in mid-hundreds of millions of dollars annually for a new process for release from jail prior to trial. Decreased county jail costs, possibly in high tens of millions of dollars annually.
Stanislaus County Files Opposition To Some Pending Zero Bail Inmate ReleasesThe Stanislaus County Jail is going to start releasing inmates soon under the state's order getting zero bail for all misdemeanors and some non-violent felonies.
Gov. Brown Signs Bill That Makes California First State To Eliminate Bail Before TrialThe bill will replace bail with a risk-assessment system, although it's still unclear how the system will work.
California Plan Would Revamp Bail System, Taking Money Out Of EquationMost suspects accused of nonviolent misdemeanors would be released within 12 hours of being booked in jail. People accused of serious, violent felonies would not be eligible for pretrial release.
California's Chief Justice Calls For End To Cash BailCalifornia's top judge wants to do away with the state's cash bail system, which critics say keeps poor people behind bars while wealthier suspects can pay for their freedom.
California Lawmakers To Vote On Doing Away With Bail SystemThe proposed bill seeks to help defendants who can't afford bail.
Murder Suspect Posts $35M Bail, Upsetting Victim's Family A Chinese real estate scion charged with orchestrating the murder of her children's father was released from a San Francisco Bay Area jail after posting $35 million bail, a highly unusual financial transaction that startled and angered the victim's family and friends.
American Held In Iran Released On Bail Amid 18-Year SentenceAn Iranian-American serving an 18-year prison sentence in Iran for "collaboration with a hostile government" has been released on bail after staging a weeks-long hunger strike protesting his imprisonment alongside other dual nationals targeted by hard-liners, activists said Monday.
California May Not Require Bail For Most Criminal SuspectsCalifornia could dramatically change the way it pressures criminal defendants to show up for court.
Bail Set At $500K For Roseville Mother Accused In Daughter's Death Bail is set at $500,000 for a Roseville mom charged with child abuse in connection with the death of her two-year-old daughter.
Judge Raises Bail In Murder Case Involving Former Stanislaus Co. DeputyA former Stanislaus County Sheriff's detective accused of murder has one week to come up with $1 million bail or go to jail.
Bank Card Skimming Suspects Appear In CourtTwo men accused of installing a card reader on an exterior ATM in Citrus Heights were in court Monday.
Bail Set At $5M In Granddaugher Kidnapping CaseA judge has set bail at $5 million for a woman accused of kidnapping her 4-month-old granddaughter from her son's Northern California home and then taking a cab 350 miles to her home in Los Angeles County.