Landmark Bail Reform Bill Passed by California State Senate


For Immediate Release: May 31, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge,, (646) 755-6126


Statement from the Pretrial Justice Institute

Today, money bail reform legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Hertzberg passed the state Senate. A companion bill from Assemblymember Rob Bonta is expected to move to a floor vote this week as well.

Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Chief Executive Officer of the Pretrial Justice Institute issued the following statement in response to the bill’s passage through the state Senate:

“The improvements in these bills will make California’s pretrial justice system more effective and fair. Currently California detains low-risk legally innocent people simply because they can’t afford to purchase their freedom, while allowing dangerous, wealthy defendants return to the community before trial.

“This legislation will reduce the number of low-risk people who are unfairly and expensively jailed before trial only because they cannot afford bail, and give judges better tools to determine if defendants pose a threat to public safety before trial. These important steps will move the state’s pretrial system away from money bail and towards a system that we know is more effective: evidence-backed pretrial risk assessment and supervision.”

Fanno Burdeen is available for interviews upon request.

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The Pretrial Justice Institute is a national organization working to advance safe, fair, and effective pretrial justice that honors and protects all people. To learn more about PJI or their 3DaysCount campaign that aims to support commonsense solutions to longstanding pretrial justice challenges in 20 states, visit

To schedule an interview or learn more about the Pretrial Justice Institute, contact Fiona Druge,, (646) 755-6126.

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