Yes on Prop 25
Written by beachcityradio on October 6, 2020
PROP 25 – REFERENDUM ON LAW THAT REPLACED MONEY BAIL WITH SYSTEM BASED ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND FLIGHT RISK.
CURRENT BAIL SYSTEM IS UNFAIR, UNSAFE
Innocence should be determined by a system of equal justice under the law – but that’s not how the money bail system works.
Under the current system, people arrested for minor, non-violent offenses who can’t afford to buy a bail bond must wait – sometimes weeks or months – for their court date, separated from their friends and family by the bars of a jail cell.
Meanwhile, wealthy individuals charged with serious violent crimes can walk free – no matter how much of a threat they are to public safety.
Those who do manage to scrape together enough cash to buy a bail bond for their loved one will never get that money back – even if their case is dropped or they are found innocent.
This non-refundable fee costs 10% of the total bond amount, leaving California families on the hook for $5,000 on average.
Without cash, borrowing money to cover the fee can be an even riskier option – with bail bondsmen often requiring people to give up their car or even their home as collateral or down payment.
Among all the people in America’s jails, accused of a crime and waiting for their court date, 89% are there because they can’t afford bail. Many end up losing their livelihoods, which drives recidivism and threatens their families’ health and well-being due to the sudden loss of income.
California taxpayers spend approximately $5 million each and every day to detain people that can’t afford bail.