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The Future of Cash Bail in California

June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

profiles of Marshall Khine (Chief of the Criminal Division, San Francisco District Attorney's Office), Insha Rahman (Vice President, Advocacy & Partnerships, Vera Institute of Justice), Sandra Susan Smith (Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard Kennedy School), Dr. Johanna Lacoe (moderator Research Director, California Policy Lab at UC Berkeley)

California is on the cutting edge of criminal justice reforms that aim to reduce incarceration while protecting public safety. In the 2020 election, Californians voted down a proposition to eliminate cash bail. Since then, the state supreme court has upheld the Humphrey decision, which says that judges need to take into account a defendant’s ability to pay when setting bail. Our panel will explore the implications of the Humphrey decision for defendants, what we’ve learned from San Francisco’s implementation of Humphrey since January 2018, and the challenges that counties may face in implementing the decision.

Space is limited; we encourage you to register early. The Zoom link and detailed instructions will be provided a few days before the event. If you have any questions, or if you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact events1@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible.


June 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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California Policy Lab
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