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California Sets Zero Bail For Many Offenses

Press Democrat-


People arrested for many minor crimes in California will no longer have to put down money to bail out of jail, part of a series of actions designed to move low-risk criminals out of jail cells and reduce the remaining inmates’ risk of contracting the new coronavirus.

The emergency rule, adopted Monday by the state Judicial Council, will reduce bail to $0 starting next week for most misdemeanor crimes and certain low-level felonies.

“This change will reduce the number of individuals who are currently awaiting trial in county jails,” Justice Marsha G. Slough said during the meeting.

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