Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler on Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Rand Paul’s Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017:
“SEIU California strongly endorses U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ and Senator Rand Paul’s Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017, a bipartisan effort to increase the fairness and efficacy of our criminal justice system through reforming the outdated and discriminatory cash bail system. As a prosecutor and California’s former top law enforcement official, Senator Harris knows that the current money bail system costs taxpayers too much and doesn’t deliver the safety we need, instead wasting public resources on cases like Daniel Soto’s. Soto, himself the victim of a crime, was charged with a crime he did not commit, spent six weeks in jail awaiting trial because his family could not afford the $30,000 bail, and fell behind on his college studies. When he finally came before a judge, all charges were dropped.
“We have the ability to take a significant step toward justice in California this year. California is already on the path to a better system, with some counties instituting a more fair and cost effective system based on actual risk rather ability to pay. SB 10 (Hertzberg) would take these efforts statewide, and we look forward to working with Senator Harris to implement a more just, safe, and cost-efficient alternative to the racially biased money bail system.”