Referendum on 2020 Ballot Addressing SB-10 - Bill that Eliminates Monetary Bail in California

On August 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved Senate Bill No. 10 (SB-10), making California the first state to eliminate monetary bail. [1]

SB-10 will repeal all existing laws regarding bail and would require, commencing October 1, 2019, persons arrested and detained to be subject to a pretrial risk assessment conducted by Pretrial Assessment Services.

On November 20, 2018, opponents to the SB-10 filed an approximate 576,822 signatures with election officials seeking to place a referendum on the ballot to invalidate SB-10. On January 16, 2019, the office of Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported that enough percentage of signatures were valid, putting SB-10 on hold until California voters determined the bill’s fate in the 2020 vote.

California voters will now see the “California Replace Cash Bail with Risk Assessments Referendum” on the ballot as a vote referendum on November 3, 2020.


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