California Does Away with Cash Bail

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If you’re charged with a felony in California, beginning in October 2019 you won’t have the option of posting bail. A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown does away with cash bail.

If you’re charged with a felony under the new system, the judge will conduct a pre-trial assessment and either release or jail you until trial. If you’re released, you’ll be supervised by a government agency or a business contracted to handle the duties.

People charged with misdemeanors for the most part will be booked and released without an assessment.