California Likely Headed for Major Bail Reform

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A bail bonds business in the Bay Area. (Photo: Alex Emslie/KQED)

California and other states look to be on the verge of reforming their bail systems. Lawmakers and the state’s top judge say the current system disproportionately punishes the poor and traps people in jail for small crimes they may not have even committed. Advocates for the current system say cash bail is the best way to ensure people show up for court. We’ll take up the debate.


Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics & Government Desk

Jeffrey Clayton, executive director, American Bail Coalition

Robert Weisberg, professor of law, Stanford Law School; co-director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center