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The cashless bail fight isn’t over, as bail bond industry eyes 2020 ballot initiative




A sign advertises a bail bond company on August 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
A sign advertises a bail bond company on August 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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A coalition of bail bond industry groups wants to block California’s overhaul of the bail system.

The political action committee organized by the bail industry submitted enough signatures required for a statewide referendum on the law in 2020. Election officials are expected to verify the 576,745 signatures submitted Tuesday. If verified, it would be up to voters to decide in November of 2020 whether they want to overturn the law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last August.

The new law that is slated to go into effect in October of next year abolishes the state’s money bail system as a condition of release from jail. Under the law, counties will have to establish their own pretrial services agencies and use “risk-assessment tools” to determine a release.

Proponents of the referendum argue that the law takes away people’s constitutional right to bail. While those who support the state’s bail system overhaul say the new law is a historic victory that moves civil rights forward.

Guest:

Alex Emslie, criminal justice reporter at KQED in San Francisco, who has been covering the referendum to block the bail law; he tweets @SFNewsReporter