The Latest: Lawmakers Advance Bail Overhaul Companion Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The state Senate has approved a bill to prohibit people arrested in connection with crimes that require sex offender registration from being released from jail without a judge’s approval. Senators voted Wednesday to send the update to Gov. Jerry Brown. It revises a new law that in October 2019 will end bail for defendants awaiting trial in California. In the place of bail, judges and county officials will decide whether to free suspects based on the likelihood they’ll return to court and the degree of danger they pose to the public. Senators passed the update the same day a bail industry-backed group announced a campaign to prevent the law from taking effect. The group hopes to put the issue on the 2020 ballot through a referendum.

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