Reforming the Unjust Bail System

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The Vanguard Court Watch Annual Dinner: “Reforming the Unjust Bail System”

Featuring Keynote Speaker, SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi

Panel Discussion:

Jeff Adachi, SF Public Defender
Mica Doctoroff, Legislative Advocate with the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy
Gloria Mitchell, President, California Bail Agents Association
Jessica Bartholow, Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty

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The Issue of Bail Reform is Rising to the Top of Criminal Justice/ Social Justice Issues

Bail reform has become a huge issue with the US DOJ now filing a brief arguing that fixed bail schedules “that allow for the pretrial release of only those who can pay, without accounting for ability to pay and alternative methods of assuring future appearance, do not provide for such individualized determinations, and therefore unlawfully discriminate based on indigence.”

The Contra Costa Times reported last year that roughly 65-70 percent of those in county jail custody are awaiting trial and that number is up to 85 in the Bay Area.

“It’s unfair because people who are released from jail are simply those who have money. You can get out on bail if you’re charged with murder if you have the money,” Jeff Adachi said. “And yet if you’re charged with criminal trespass, and you don’t have $500 to post bail, you’re going to be in jail.”

“The presumption of innocence in this country is meaningless because, for most of our clients who are poor people, they are incarcerated pending their trials,” he said. “It places much more pressure on them for innocent people to plead guilty. It creates a disincentive for cases to be fully investigated and litigated.”

Recent Articles:

July 31: Why Bail Reform Is One of the Most Critical Issues Facing the Criminal Justice System

August 23: DOJ Argues Bail Schedules Unconstitutional, as Studies Reveal How Discriminatory Bail Is

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Reforming the Unjust Bail System

November 19, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm

Doors open at 5

Dinner served at 5:30

Program from 6 to 8

Tickets Start at $50, Sponsorships at $100

All proceeds go to support the Vanguard Court Watch Project – Davis Vanguard is a 501c3 non-profit, all donations are tax deductible

Davis Senior Center – 646 A Street, Davis, CA 95616 – View Map

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About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. Delia .

    This meth addicted mother was probably suffering from post partum depression. She was trying to help her sleaze bag boyfriend care for 4 children, who weren’t even her kids. He administers meth to her, knowing she is with his newborn baby. DA decides to prosecute her instead of admitting her to a psyche ward.

    Cashforconvictionswinatallcostmentality shame on you, Yolo Co. DA

    1. quielo

      Maybe the boyfriend was confused and thought the post partum depression was diabetic shock and administered insulin except it turned out to be meth? She then went into the slough looking for the root her shaman had shown her in a dream that could reverse a meth injection. Have you considered that possibility?

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