SB 10 eliminates bail — a vital public safety tool that ensures people arrested for crimes will return to court for their trials. SB 10 will “increase crime and cost the public untold hundreds of millions of dollars,” warns Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender.
SB 10 replaces California’s bail system with a computer-based “risk assessment” test that lacks transparency, and worsens racial and socio-economic disparities — discriminating against the poor and people of color.
SB 10 was widely opposed by crime victims, law enforcement, civil rights advocates and public safety leaders — including Crime Victims United, ACLU of California, Black Lives Matter, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, the California Bail Agents Association, Human Rights Watch, The Bail Project, and more.
Despite warnings that SB 10 was dangerous and discriminatory, the governor and legislators passed it into law. But thanks to California’s initiative process, voters have a constitutional right to referend SB 10 and stop it from being implemented.