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Debating reforms to California's high-priced bail rules

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29:  Handcuffs are seen on the hands of a twenty-year old "Street Villains" gang member who was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers from the 77th Street division on April 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The 77th Street division patrol the same neighborhood that truck driver Reginald Denny was nearly beaten to death by a group of black assailants at the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues. It’s been 20 years since the verdict was handed down in the Rodney King case that sparked infamous Los Angeles riots.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Handcuffs are seen on the hands of a twenty-year old "Street Villains" gang member who was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers.

A California Senate committee is considering major reforms to the state's criminal bail system which critics say unfairly punishes people with limited finances, plus costs taxpayers for jail time.

A California Senate committee is considering major reforms to the state's criminal bail system which critics say unfairly punishes people with limited finances, plus costs taxpayers for jail time.

Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), co-author of SB 10, argues detaining people simply due to an inability to afford money bail violates the American principles of equal protection and fundamental fairness. On the other side, Topo Padilla of the California Bail Agents Association concedes bail in California is excessive compared to the rest of the country, but he warns cheap bail conditions will encourage flight risks therefore harming the justice system.

If you have any first-hand experiences with California's bail or jail system, how has that informed your opinions?

Guests:

Bob Hertzberg, California Senator (Democrat - Van Nuys), Co-Author of SB-10 - the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017

Topo Padilla, Member of theCalifornia Bail Agents Association; Padilla has been a bail bondsman for 34 years

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