Under the new proposed SB10 law, the bail system will be completely eradicated from California. An end to the bail system as we know it could be catastrophic for our statewide economy, overtax our law enforcement, and prompt the loss of jobs and opportunity for millions of arrestees. Here are the main points and problems with new law SB 10.
Who It Will Hurt the Most
While the main underlying reasons for this new law are intended to help even financial inequality experienced within the cash bail system, what we recognize is that this system will inherently hurt minority groups who depend on a regular income to survive, among other factors. For arrestees who are held pre-trial without a parole option, this system will increase the chances of job loss, hurt relationships and impact future economic opportunity by holding them in the system until trial. Bail helps people get out from behind bars, and back to their lives as quickly as possible, in order to ensure job security and to reduce the impact that an arrest has on one’s life. This new law threatens to weaken our constitutional rights by making it much easier for judges to hold individuals in jail before trial without a conviction. The proposed plan will utilize a “risk assessment tool” or algorithm, in order to make detention decisions based on whether an individual poses a risk to the community or not. This proposed system is not only faulty, but it also poses the threat of racial stereotyping.
What Effect Will SB 10 Have on California Economy?
Without a cash bail system, local law enforcement will be called upon to undertake serious measures to increase awareness and accountability for individuals on parole. This increased work will come at the expense of our Statewide tax system and will consequently demand exceedingly high resources in an already expensive sector. The transition to a “no bail” system comes at the expense of state tax-payers, with predictions already exceeding $2 billion annually in California.
What Other Issues Could Arise?
Without a doubt, a great number of individuals will be allowed freedom on parole, despite posing serious risks to the community, while others will be held in jail for months waiting for their conviction. This will inherently result in job loss, increased negative reputation amongst peers, bosses, and co-workers, as well as the unavoidable mental taxation it will have on an individual.
This law will presumably infringe on an individual’s privacy and freedoms, as increased government control and monitoring will be necessary without an asset-based collateral system. New requirements such as electronic monitoring, curfews and regular check-ins with law enforcement officials will be ways in which the system will replace the need for bail, bondsman and bounty hunters. Many of these nonmonetary methods are without a doubt more burdensome to an already over-taxed law enforcement system, as well as much more costly than typical bail.
In addition, government-run probation and pretrial services departments will undertake the daunting task of monitoring almost everyone arrested without the help and expertise of third-party or family involvement. Due to all of these reasons, it is clear that a no-bail system will financially impact not only arrested individuals, but also California tax-payers, our legal system, and tax our law enforcement officers. SB 10 limits individual rights and freedoms and reduces the chance of arrestees getting back on their feet. Consider these factors during the repeal process of SB 10.
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