Our current money bail system in California criminalizes poverty and perpetuates injustice. Thousands of people sit in jails around the state, convicted of no crime, merely because they are poor and can't afford to pay bail or bond. The mentally ill are some of the most vulnerable to being left behind or forgotten by our justice system. They sit in terrible conditions, removed from family and friends, and lose out on jobs. Their legal representation suffers and so does their chances of a fair trial. This is why I support California Senate Bill 10 which would transform the bail system so it operates on principles of justice. And we need to do a lot more to create better conditions throughout our incarceration system, especially for those with mental disabilities who are especially at risk of harm.
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