February, 20, 2018
"A defendant may not be imprisoned solely due to poverty."1
These are the words of a groundbreaking ruling last month in California’s court of appeals, after Kenneth Humphrey was imprisoned for more than 250 days when he couldn’t pay his $350,000 bail for allegedly stealing $5 and a bottle of cologne.
Kenneth’s story is just one of thousands of examples of how California’s racist money bail system functions — and it’s why Bend the Arc leaders are delivering our petition demanding money bail reform to key State Assembly Members this month.
With the courts, the Governor, and California’s Chief Justice on our side, we have a real chance at passing groundbreaking money bail reform in the legislature this year.
Over 600 Jews have already signed — will you add your name to help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures when we deliver the petition?