The Latest: Brown Signals Support For Bail Overhaul Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Jerry Brown is indicating he supports a bill to end bail in California. The Democrat called the Legislature’s passage of the bill Tuesday an important step forward in making the criminal justice system fairer. It requires his signature to become law. The bill would make California the first state to completely end bail for suspects awaiting trial and replace it with a system to jail people based on their risk level. Lawmakers who crafted the bill say Brown was involved in negotiations on the policy. Supporters say the current system can unfairly upend suspects’ lives simply because they are poor before they have had their day in court. Opponents argue the bill will make communities less safe and won’t create a fairer system.


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