After 40-year fight, California becomes the first state to abolish cash bail for arrested suspects

By Jessica Sutherland ~ Daily Kos ~

In a little over a year, getting arrested in California is going to look very, very different than it does today. Thanks to the California Money Bail Reform Act, also known as SB10, the cash bail system is going to be eradicated from the Golden State.

The move comes after years of reform attempts, and just months after California courts deemed the cash bail system to be unconstitutional in a case in which a 63-year-old San Francisco man—accused of stealing $5 and a bottle of cologne from a neighbor—saw his bail set first at $600,000, before being reduced to a still-out-of-reach $350,000. The decision was scathing, in its assessment both of the specifics of the case and of the bail system writ large.

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