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Industry Group Slams Proposal To End Cash Bail

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The head of a bail industry trade group says a proposal backed by California’s top judge to do away with cash bail will silence victims and be very expensive. American Bail Coalition executive director Jeff Clayton said Tuesday other states that have tried similar measures have had problems with released defendants committing new crimes. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye expressed her support for a report by the judiciary calling for an end to cash bail. She said it should serve as a framework for discussions with California’s governor and state lawmakers. Cantil-Sakauye says California should instead rely on risk assessments to decide whether defendants should be released before their trials. Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys has authored a bail reform bill with similar proposals and. He says the chief justice’s support greatly increases its chances of passing.