Proposed legislation would virtually get rid of money bail


California leaders really don't like prisons. Brown wants to let violent people out because he says prisons are too crowded. Don't let them out, build some more prisons!

Some equally dopey leaders feel the same way, and they've got legislation that would virtually eliminate the use of bail money in California.

This idea comes from the minds of Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), who believe the bail system unfairly punishes the poor by keeping them in custody if they can't afford bail.

They want a system of risk assessment to determine who is released, and county services to make sure offenders show up in court.

Bonta says California's current bail law is "fundamentally broken:"

“For a fraction of the cost, you can have people out working, being productive members of society."

How many people let out of jail are actually going to be working productive members of society? What kind of naive thinking is that?

Read more at the SacBee.


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