SEIU California Applauds Senate Passage of Bail Reform Legislation

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler on the California State Senate passing SB 10 (Hertzberg):

“SEIU members applaud the Senate for addressing the profound injustice of our cash money bail system. Justice should not depend on how much money you have. When Ato Walker was falsely accused of a crime, he was jailed and his bail was set for $85,000. His mother, a retired postal worker, was just able to post the 10% bond. Days later, the false charges were dropped, but his mother lost the money. Every day, tens of thousands of Californians are held in jail because they cannot afford a bond, many for weeks. Their families are torn apart, and they lose their jobs. SB 10 offers judges the option of pretrial release based on a clear assessment of risk, not on income. SEIU members will continue to work to ensure that our state moves towards a fair justice system that works for our communities, not against them.”

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