Radical bail changes bad for California

Written By Tony Rackauckas

There have been two major cases in the news recently, both of which have garnered national media attention. In Orange County, Samuel Woodward was granted $5 million bail after he was charged with murdering 19-year-old Ivy League student Blaze Bernstein.

In Riverside County, the Louise and David Turpin are being held in lieu of $12 million bond each after they were charged with multiple counts of torture and child abuse and are accused of chaining and starving a dozen children.

California Senate Bill 10 would cause this complicated and expensive process: First, the defendants would have a right to request a pretrial risk assessment in which the risk assessment officer would determine what conditions of release should be recommended to the court. A judge must find there are no conditions of release that would reasonably ensure the Turpins’ and Woodwards’ appearances and specifically state why each specific condition recommended is not sufficient, then and only then, can the court set monetary bail.


Read more at the Orange County Register