Proposition 25 would end cash bail in California. Is the replacement any better?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — When the push to eliminate California’s cash bail system began in the state Legislature several years ago, the battle lines were clearly drawn.On one side were civil rights groups and criminal justice reform advocates arguing that cash bail is unjust because it allows wealthy defendants to buy their way out of jail as they await trial, while poor defendants who are unable to post bond — disproportionately Black and Latinx — wind up stuck behind bars. On the other side, advocates for tougher criminal penalties, as well as the bail bonds industry, insisted looser bail rules co…

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