Senate Bill 10 is a radical shift in California’s criminal justice system that is a bipartisan bad idea. This is why similar legislation was rejected by the California Assembly last year. But, the push for Senate Bill 10 is continuing this legislative session, and Californians need to be aware of what Senate Bill 10 does and to let their voices be heard on it.
Senate Bill 10 relies on using computerized risk algorithms to determine who gets bail in California. Yet, there have been serious criticisms of such algorithms from several different viewpoints.
Just this month, over 115 Civil Rights Groups, including the NAACP and ACLU, called for an end to using computers to help judges set bail.
Senate Bill 10 also creates pre-conviction probation statewide in California.
On the public safety side, eliminating bail from the system along with the creation of a new statewide bureaucracy will overtax the system, triggering a revolving door of arrests in California, further weakening the system.
Senate Bill 10 is too radical for California. Take action to stop it, and let the California Assembly know that now is not the time for this dangerous legislation.