It's a mixed bag for supporters of wide-ranging reforms to California's money bail system.
While lawmakers won't vote on a bill until next year, backers won the support of Gov. Jerry Brown and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Friday.
The delay gives opponents in the bail industry more time to make their case against Senate Bill 10, which passed the Senate earlier this year. But the support of the governor and chief justice could mean the difference between success and failure for Oakland Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Los Angeles state Sen. Bob Hertzberg and the many civil rights groups that have been working to sideline a bail system they say punishes the poor.
Until the announcement, the governor had not publicly weighed in on the bail reform effort, but had privately expressed concerns about the potential costs of SB 10. It would have required counties to establish pretrial service agencies to make recommendations to courts about how people accused of crimes could be safely released as they await trial.