California rejects Prop 25, keeping cash bail system in place

Nov 09, 2020

Fresh from months of protests over the police killings of people of color and national angst over racial inequities in the criminal justice system, California voters rejected an effort to roll back reforms targeting mass incarceration and reinstate tougher criminal penalties. But they also overturned a state law that would have ended what critics call a predatory cash bail system, another change long sought by reformers.

The seeming incongruence does not undermine voters’ recent shift away from the get-tough practices of the past, analysts said Wednesday.

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Posted by: Pat Monks