San Francisco, CA – Today, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rodgers issued a 41-page decision in favor of plaintiff’s who challenged the use of bail schedules as unconstitutional in San Francisco.  The case, which was filed in 2015, was defended by the California Bail Agent’s Association. Statement on BuffinRead More →

Required Signatures are Certified by Secretary of State; Controversial Law that Would Ban Cash Bail Now Goes to Voters in November 2020 Election FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lakewood, CO (January 16, 2019) – The campaign to overturn California Senate Bill 10, which would have abolished cash bail, cleared a critical hurdle today whenRead More →

The Los Angeles Daily Journal recently published an article, entitled “Analysis of LA County Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools Raises Questions,” where data scientists discovered that the risk assessment tool being used in Los Angeles County, California was ineffective and labeled so many persons as high risk that it would beRead More →

Detention, Release From Jail, and Computerized Bail Justice in California: Is it 1984 All Over Again? What Can California Learn From the Last 30 Years of Bail Reform? Journal UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review, 2(1) The following excerpt was published in the peer reviewed 2018 UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review,Read More →

The ACLU of California is apparently not thankful this Thanksgiving for the bail industry.  But we have news for them: they should be.  We are the only group leading a charge to actively challenge Senate Bill 10 and to stop this mass incarceration/electronic incarceration/mass state supervision of the un-convicted actRead More →

Los Angles, CA – Today, 576,745 signatures were submitted as part of the referendum effort to overturn Senate Bill 10 (SB10) in California, the dangerous “bail reform” legislation passed during the 2018 session. The coalition consists of public safety leaders, criminal justice reformers, crime victims’ advocates, concerned citizens and bailRead More →

** Reposted Content from the King County Bar Association’s “Bar Bulletin” – November 2018 ** Lessons from California’s Bail Reform Law NOVEMBER 2018 BAR BULLETIN By Jeffrey J. Clayton Bail reform has always been a controversial subject, typically associated with arguments about rich versus poor people, and how far shouldRead More →

Ballot Initiative Aimed at Reversing Bail Reform Legislation (SB10) in California The American Bail Coalition announced its support of a ballot initiative launched today to reverse the passage of Senate Bill 10, the last-minute unvetted legislation that completely and totally upended California’s bail system. Press Release: Coalition Launches Referendum DriveRead More →

Senate Bill 10 “Bail Reform” passes the Assembly despite a litany of constitutional issues, mounting concerns over the Bill, and growing bipartisan opposition. Sacramento, CA:  Senate Bill 10 “Bail Reform” cleared the Assembly (41-27) today despite its flawed public policy.  The bill will now have to be concurred by theRead More →