California Bail Reform: Chief Justice Says Overhaul Will Happen With or Without New Law

Governing: California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Tuesday defended a landmark new state law abolishing money bail, saying it was crafted to ensure courts "do not judge a person based on the size of their wallet or what they have access to in someone else's wallet."

In an annual meeting with reporters in San Francisco, the chief justice said the state's top court officials would continue to improve how judges determine whether criminal defendants are fit for release ahead of trial, even if the new law is suspended amid an effort from the bail industry to block it through a voter referendum.

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