Bail bondsmen and others furious over legislation ending bail before trial

first_img , 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Bail bondsmen and other coalition groups speak out after California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill making California the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trail.After Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 10, also known as the California Money Bail Reform Act, legislators in San Diego applauded the dramatic move.California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:“California’s current cash money bail system is flawed. It unnecessarily penalizes poor people who cannot afford the high-cost of bail and it does not make our communities any safer. SB 10 provides us the opportunity to move toward a smarter, more just system that can make sure high-risk offenders remain behind bars and low-level offenders are not help in custody simply because of their inability to pay.”Under this new law, the state eliminates bail. Instead, they’re replacing bail with a risk-assessment system and leaving it up to the judges discretion.“Bail is a freedom. It’s under the constitution of California,” said Steffan Gibbs. “It’s the one way in which you can ensure that you are still presumed innocent until proven guilty.”Steffan Gibbs, Owner of All-Pro Bail Bonds San Diego, said bail is important. He believes it gives suspects, who are innocent until proven guilty, the opportunity to carry on with their life and felt they’re more likely to show up to pretrial.“Everything else, they can set a high bail,” said Gibbs. “Put a lot of people behind you, so you can get out, you go to your court appearances, you go back to work and you defend yourself in court with a nice set of clothing versus an orange outfit.”Under this new law, Gibbs strongest opinion was this — It takes away your civil rights.“They will very likely be locking up more people of color that, before, at least had an opportunity of freedom and at least had an opportunity to get out and go to work,” said Gibbs.With 150 employees and 20 offices in California, Gibbs is proud of the company he has built over the last 12 years. However, he said the law doesn’t take into account the impacts it will have on the bail industry.“Supposedly by Oct 2019, the legislators are not concerned about that and provided no relief to myself or my family and I will go bankrupt,” said Gibbs.According to Gibbs, he believed it’s more than just the bail industry that will hurt.“When two years from now, people that previously could have gotten out who were innocent could have gotten out but because of their charges or because of the perspective the judge has on them, finds out their going to be sitting in custody until their trial,” said Gibbs. “They haven’t seen people lose their jobs by sitting in jail for that long like under that deal.”Gibbs also said this will cost California hundreds of millions dollars.Just recently the American Civil Liberties Union changed positions and opposed the bail reform legislation.Executive Directors of the California ACLU affiliates, Abdi Soltani (Northern California), Hector Villagra (Southern California) and Norma Chavez Peterson (San Diego & Imperial Counties) released this statement:“We are disappointed to see Senate Bill 10 signed into law. SB 10 is not the model for pretrial justice and racial equity that California should strive for. It cannot guarantee a substantial reduction in the number of Californians detained while awaiting trial, nor does it sufficiently address racial bias in pretrial decision making. Indeed, key provisions of the new law create significant new risks and problems.We call on lawmakers to be vigilant to ensure racial justice and fairness in our pretrial system. A first step is following through on Senator Hertzberg’s commitment to address racial bias in risk assessment tools with new legislation. The implementation of this bill – and subsequent legislation in this area – must ensure a significant reduction in incarceration and also provide due process and promote racial justice. We will work with lawmakers and our community partners to achieve that goal.”Like many of the proponents of the bill, bail bondsman Steffan Gibbs agreed the current law is unfair to the poor, but he said bail guidelines should be reformed and he believed they need to discuss the real issues.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti has a look at the new law and why some people are saying it’s not right.Related story: Bill makes California first state to end bail before trial Bail bondsmen and others furious over legislation ending bail before trial August 29, 2018 Updated: 8:17 AM Posted: August 29, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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