Gov. Brown supports bail reform! What's next for allies & Jews in California

August 30, 2017
Bend the Arc

 

Big news on California bail reform! It now has the force of Gov. Jerry Brown and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye behind it.1 

Here's how the cosponsors of SB 10 responded: “For years, California’s bail system has failed to achieve its intended purpose of promoting public safety and court appearance, instead leading to the unjust detention of countless Californians who simply could not afford to buy their freedom. We are encouraged by Governor Brown and Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s unprecedented commitment to see these reforms to the finish line early next year.”


Our reaction

How did this happen? The Governor and Chief Justice didn’t make a spontaneous decision to support bail reform. Our coalition created the pressure to make the governor want to put his weight behind this.

Thank you to all of our coalition partners, and our leaders and chapters in California — SoCal, Bay Area, South Bay and San Luis Obispo — who have been making calls, signing petitions, organizing phone banks, lobby visits, petition drives, press work, public events and more to pass SB 10. 


Ready to keep fighting for bail reform

What’s next? The fight isn’t over. We need to keep the pressure to make sure California has a more fair, just, and safe bail system. We have commitments from the Governor and Chief Justice to work on bail reform, but we still need your help to win the strongest bill possible as it is amended and then voted on in the next legislative cycle.

Help us lift up the Jewish community’s call for the current bail system to be dismantled:

If you haven’t signed yet, add your name to the petition: Jews in California demand money bail reform.

If you have signed, help us spread the word about the Governor and what’s next by sharing this blog post on Facebook or Twitter

Thanks for all your support, 

Leili Davari-Bitton and Anjuli Kronheim Katz, Regional Organizers

 

Sources
1. Office of Governor Brown, Governor Brown, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, Senator Hertzberg and Assemblymember Bonta commit to work together on reforms to california's bail system