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Why The ACLU Opposes California’s Move To End Cash Bail

Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) holds a press conference on SB 10, his bill t...

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Above: Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) holds a press conference on SB 10, his bill that would end cash bail in California, in this undated photo.

Why The ACLU Opposes California's Move To End Cash Bail


Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, criminal justice and drug policy director, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties


This week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill to end cash bail for suspects awaiting trial.

The American Civil Liberties Union initially supported the measure, but after changes to the bill, the group is now opposed. The ACLU said the law trades one inequitable system for another and may actually lead to more incarceration.

RELATED: California Becomes First State To Eliminate Bail Before Trial

Meanwhile, the bail industry announced Tuesday it's launching a referendum to overturn the law.

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, director of criminal justice and drug policy at the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, talks about why the ACLU is disappointed with the law Thursday on Midday Edition.


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